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09 july 2011 - cape pelagic trip

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Trevor was once again a guide on a ZEST for BIRDS pelagic trip today. We got caught out a little by the weather predictions today and there was quite a bit more wind than we had anticipated which meant a bumpy ride and quite a bit of spray. We were also unlucky not to locate a trawler today, so bird numbers were lower than usual although we did see most of the expected species with the highlight being a Southern Royal Albatross which unfortunately didn't really come close enough for any photos.

Pintado Petrel
Black-browed Albatross
Antarctic Prion
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
Full list of species recorded on the pelagic trip
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
Common Name Scientific Name
Birds - 21 species  
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche carteri
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli
Pintado Petrel Daption capense
Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
Cape Gannet Morus capensis
Crowned Cormorant Microcarbo coronatus
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax lucidus
Hartlaub's Gull Chroicocephalus hartlaubii
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Swift Tern Thalasseus bergii
Subantarctic Skua Catharacta antarctica
Mammals - 3 species  
Cape Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus
Bryde's Whale Balaenoptera edeni
Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae