pelagic gave a normal Summer result with numerous Galápagos birds, such as
Swallow-tailed Gull, Blue-footed Booby, Waved Albatros and White-vented and
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel. Also one Red-billed Tropicbird, lots of Black
Storm-Petrels and Ringed Storm Petrel, several White-chinned Petrels.
Pink-footed Sheerwater 5, Sooty Shearwater 5 (which is unusually low) and about
10 Peruvian Terns during the day. Other species included White-cheeked Pintail
(close to Isla San Lorenzo and our first record on the pelagics), Humboldt
Penguin 4, Wilson´s Storm-Petrel (few), Peruvian Booby, Peruvian Pelican,
Red.legged Cormorant 10, Guanay Cormorant 6, Neotropic Cormorant, Inca Tern,
Sandwich Tern, Band-tailed, Kelp, Franklin´s and Gray Gull.
Waved Albatros, White-chinned Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Wedge-rumped
Storm-Petrel, White-vented Storm-Petrel and Ringed Storm-Petrel can be found on
www.birding-peru.com under pics (best shots and ID).
A group of
three whales were seen. The dorsal fin indicated Sei whale. But they behaved
differently to the sei we saw in December (more arches and not showing the back
at length) and had a very bluish-gray coloration. Still think they were too
large for Bryde´s though. Finally, impressive numbers of? South American Sea
Lion at isles Palomino.
Next pelagic is
on Sunday February 1.