Saturday 26th October we went on another sea adventure off Peniche, with the objective of watching and photographing seabirds and visiting the Berlengas archipelago where at this time of year we expect sone surprises in what concerns migratory birds.
We left Peniche harbour at 8:00 a.m.
The group of 22 people included mostly photographers but also a few seawatchers.
The group: Bruno Maia, Carla Cruz, Frederico Morais, Helena Cohen, Henrique Cordeiro, Javier Pozo, José Santiago, José Frade, Luís Arinto, Luís Matos, Maria Albertina, Marina Ribeiro, Nuno Miguel, Paulo Doutel, Pedro Ribeiro, Rogério Rodrigues, Rui Pereira, Rui Paulo, Vasco Valadares e Victor Maia.
Staf: Ricardo Silva (Guide) e Isabel Ayres (Logistic suport)
Two stops were made to launch the CHUM, the first at about 2.5 miles off the coast and the second at 4 miles. During these stops some of the expected species were attracted by the buzz of seagulls around the snack.
The list of birds seen includes; Yellow legged Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mediterrranean Gull, , Sandwich Tern, Gannet, Great skua, Balearic-Shearwater and Manx Shearwater.
We then headed to Farilhões, a group of small islets belonging to the Berlengas archipelago, some 10.5 miles off the coast. There we expected to find the shearwaters rafts of and so it was.
Among the several dozen Cory’s there were about 10 to 15 Great shearwaters and at least 3 Sooty Shearwaters, thus completing all the species of this group that can be seen in our coast.
During the return to the Berlenga Island we could still watch the two cormorant species, Cormorant and Shag, and also a new specie for this tours, Common Gull a less common species in this region.
Already on the island we saw, Peregrine Falcon, Booted Eagle, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Goldfinch, Siskin, Black Redstart, Meadow Pipit and a surprise this time of the year, a Yellow-browed Warbler.
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