Posted by: orcaweb | September 5, 2009

5th September BLOG UPDATE: The Windier the Better?

For most marine wildlife I would so no, not the windier the better in fact when it comes to whales and dolphins the less wind the better the chance of spotting things. However there is one group of marine wildlife that I would say absolutely love the wind…sea birds!

Shearwaters in particular seem to thrive and really enjoy windy conditions, banking up and down, shearing close to the wave and then swooping up again; it’s an absolute joy to watch them fly so effortlessly.

The Bay of Biscay has finally come alive with birds. Over the past few months we have seen a couple of Cory’s Shearwater but now they are numerous and have been joined by Great Shearwaters, Manx Shearwaters and Mediterranean Shearwaters.

A Cory's Shearwater effortlessley skims the waves

A Cory's Shearwater effortlessley skims the waves

A Great Shearwater loving the windy conditions

A Great Shearwater loving the windy conditions

Many birds are starting to disperse from their breeding grounds, some getting ready to migrate thousands of miles across the oceans, the stunning Manx Shearwater for example is only passing through the Bay on its way to the coast of Brazil and Argentina! On the other hand the Great Shearwaters we are now seeing are probably non breeders who have come from across the Atlantic to feed in the Bay. So many amazing wildlife stories playing out in front of the eyes of passengers onboard the Pont Aven.

Its definitely a wonderful time of year to be sea watching in the Bay of Biscay even if it is a little on the windy side!

Rachael – Wildlife Officer

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