Posted by: orcaweb | July 4, 2009

4th July 2009 BLOG UPDATE: Shearwaters Return!

Anyone who reads about the Bay of Biscay will learn that not only is it one of the best whale watching areas in Europe but it is also a bird watchers paradise particularly in late summer when hundreds of shearwaters and petrels move into the area to feed before dispersing for the winter.

Since staring work as Wildlife Officer onboard the Pont Aven it has been pretty quiet in the Bay on the bird front, the odd gannet and sea gull all to be seen, until today… ok so it was not a massive rush but a couple of bird watchers picked up two Cory’s Shearwaters when we were leaving Santander and by evening we had picked up quite a few wheeling low over the waves.

Cory's Shearwater wheeling effortlessly over the ocean

Cory's Shearwater wheeling effortlessly over the ocean

All shearwaters are an absolute delight to watch, flapping and then gliding low over the ocean, effortless it seems. As the summer progresses we will only start to see more and more shearwaters including Cory’s and Great, as well as petrels including the Storm Petrel, Europe’s smallest seabird.

For all the cetacean lovers there was no shortage of dolphins to delight passengers from both the helideck and the cafetiere with the highlight being a pod of over 100 Striped Dolphins that leapt past a few hours before sunset.

One of 100 Striped Dolphin's that leapt past Pont Aven

One of 100 Striped Dolphin's that leapt past Pont Aven

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