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Observations from the P
  Date: February 3, 2004
 
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Interestingly this was the first scheduled pelagic ever in Peru that had Spanish as the only spoken language onboard  - well except for some bird-names that I called more or less automatically in English. 13 people on board. Not all were Peruvians however. A couple of expats living in Lima and the only visiting birder Jan Axel from Panama were also present. The majority on board had come, not for the birds, but for the possibility to see Whales, since we advertised here in Lima that the last three trips had given excellent whales observations. Well we did see one whale some 600 meters from the boat  - a fast tall blow followed by the back with a quite pronounced dorsal fin. And then nothing more. Only four people on board saw it unfortunately. This indicated a deep dive - and a tentative identification to Fin Whale. Now we are having four trips in the row with observations of Whales.
Menos mal - as the Peruvians would put it - at least everyone got excellent views of three species of Dolphins (Dusky, Bottle-nosed and good numbers of Common Dolphin that we don´t see too often) and the sea was quite calm (only one person seasick!)  with lots of sun. At turning-point - the deepest area on the cruise everyone could while Renzo was chumming intensely  get close-up pictures of Waved Albatros and White-chinned Petrels and see the tiny White-vented Storm-Petrels coming closer and started walking on the water. After passing Isla Palomino on the way back where a couple of thousands sea-lions were honking along, everyone was very pleased with the trip and amazed that they could experience Discovery Channel practically at the doorstep of 8 million inhabitant chaotic and noicy Lima. Who would´ve known!

Birds? Myself and Jan Axel were on the look-out, but we had great help of Peruvain Juan Liziola who had started birded only a year ago on his own as he got Clemments/Shany Birds of Peru as Christmas present and had already a list of close to 200 species. He got 11 new bird species on the trip.

The birds seen was similar to last week, but the main differences were the following. There were massive numbers of Peruvian Boobies (1-2 thousands) even before we hit the north point of San Lorenzo Islands. At the point we had 20 Humboldt Penguins and additionally 4 later on compared to only 4 a week ago. We caught up with two Peruvian Diving-Petrels that were missed last week. We had over 20 Waved albatrosses in view when when we were chumming. We managed seeing over 20 Ringed Storm-Petrels and over 10 black Storm-Petrel, but still no Markham´s (not even suspected this time) and no Wedge-rumped SP. We saw very good numbers of Swallow-tailed Gulls, and one suspected Sabine´s flying away. No Red-billed Tropicbird this week, but there was one Petrel showing briefly near the boat that may have been a Westland Petrel (photo uploaded in the ID Pics section on www.birding-peru.com). The other birds seen included Pink-footed Sheerwater, Sooty Sheerwater (only 4 during the whole trip is quite unusual), about 30 Pomerine Jaegers, 1 Parasitic and no Arctic (Long-taield), Kelp, Gray, Franklin´s and Band-tailed Gulls, Inca, Elegant and Common Tern (No Peruvian Terns this time which was seen a wek ago), Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes at Isla Palomino, Guanay, Red-legged (only 4 seen this time) and Neotropic Cormorants, Blue-footed Booby, Brown (1) and several Peruvian Pelicans.

Some photos is being uploaded on www.birding-peru.com

Next scheduled pelagic not untill March 21. We may however arrange a mini-pelagic to search for dolphins and whales before that in about 2 weeks.

Saludos

Gunnar Engblom
Kolibri Expeditions
Lima
Peru
www.kolibriexpeditions.com
 

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