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 Birding Pelagics

 

Pelagic birding requires that one goes out some 20-30 nmiles into sea to reach the continental shelf. Since 1999 this has been possible from Lima, where Kolibri Expeditions regularly operate expeditions with a comfortable yacht. They carry chum to bring in the birds closer to the boat. They also regularly operate shorte whale and dolphin watching trips.

Other places with options for pelagics include Paracas, where it is possble to hire one of the speed boats that take tourists to the Ballestas islands. You would have to fix the chum yourself.

Also in Mollendo in the South, some birders have arranged on their own a short pelagic trip.

Shortly, one hopes for pelagics from other places in Peru. Pelagics from for example Paita in the north and Marcona and Ilo in the South, would yield very interesting results.

In Lima the following species can be mentioned. Waved Albatross is regular and Salvin´s and Black-browed at certain times of the year. 6-7 species of Storm-petrels are seen including Ringed, Markham's , Black, White-vented (Elliot's) and Wedge-rumped. Huge numbers of Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters with Buller´s Shearwater seasonal. White-chinned petrels are coming in to the chum and all three small jaegers as well as Chilean and South Polar Skuas. Swallow-tailed Gull and Sabine´s Gulls are also frequently seen. Closer to the coast Inca Tern is very common and also Guanay Cormorant and the odd Red-legged Cormorant and Peruvian Diving-petrel. Humboldt Penguins are seen while passing the islands and here are also Blackish Oystercatcher and Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes.

 
 
Order
Common Name Scientific Name
Range
Status
1
Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus
2
Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti
RR
VU
3
Waved Albatross Phoebastria irrorata
CR
4
Gray-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
VU
5
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
EN
6
Buller´s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri
VU
7
Salvins Albatross Thalassarche salvini
VU
8
[Shy Albatross] Thalassarche cauta
NT
9
Chatham Albatross Thalassarche eremita
CR
10
Antarctic Giant-Petrel Macronectes giganteus
NT
11
Northern Giant-Petrel Macronectes halli
NT
12
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
13
Cape Petrel Daption capense
14
Broad-billed Prion Pachyptila vittata
15
[Black-winged Petrel] Pterodroma nigripennis
16
Cook´s Petrel Pterodroma cookii
EN
17
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
VU
18
Westland Petrel Procellaria westlandica
VU
19
Buller´s Shearwater Puffinus bulleri
VU
20
[Galapagos Shearwater] Puffinus subalaris
RR
21
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
NT
22
[Short-tailed Shearwater] Puffinus tenuirostris
23
Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus
VU
24
Wilson´s Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
25
White-vented Storm Petrel Oceanites gracilis
RR
DD
26
Gray-backed Storm-Petrel Garrodia nereis
27
Black-bellied Storm Petrel Fregetta tropica
28
[Polynesian Storm Petrel] Nesofregetta fuliginosa
VU
29
Least Storm Petrel Oceanodroma microsoma
30
Wedge-rumped Storm Petrel Oceanodroma tethys
RR
31
Band-rumped Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro
32
Leach’s Storm Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
33
Markham´s Storm Petrel Oceanodroma markhami
RR
DD
34
Black Storm Petrel Oceanodroma melania
35
Hornby´s Storm Petrel Oceanodroma hornbyi
RR
DD
36
Peruvian Diving Petrel Pelecanoides garnotii
RR
EN
37
Great Grebe Podiceps major
38
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
39
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
40
Great Egret Ardea alba
41
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
42
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus
43
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
44
Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus
RR
45
Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii
46
Peruvian Booby Sula variegata
RR
47
Masked Booby Sula dactylatra
48
Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
49
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
50
Guanay Cormorant Phalacrocorax bougainvillii
RR
NT
51
Red-legged Cormorant Phalacrocorax gaimardi
NT
52
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
53
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
54
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
55
Blackish Oystercatcher Haematopus ater
56
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
57
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
58
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
59
Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus
60
Wandering Tattler Heteroscelus incanus
61
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
62
Surfbird Aphriza virgata
63
Sanderling Calidris alba
64
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
65
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria
66
Brown Skua Catharacta lonnbergi
67
Chilean Skua Stercorarius chilensis
68
South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki
69
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
70
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
71
Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus
72
Band-tailed Gull Larus belcheri
RR
73
Gray Gull Larus modestus
74
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
75
Andean Gull Chroicocephalus serranus
76
Gray-hooded Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
77
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
78
Franklin´s Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
79
Sabine´s Gull Xema sabini
80
Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus
RR
81
Elegant Tern Sterna elegans
NT
82
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
83
Royal Tern Sterna maxima
84
South American Tern Sterna hirundinacea
RR
85
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
86
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
87
Peruvian Tern Sterna lorata
RR
EN
88
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
89
Inca Tern Larosterna inca
RR
90
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
91
Eared Dove Zenaida auriculata
92
Pacific Dove Zenaida meloda
93
Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes Cinclodes taczanowskii
E
94
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
 
 
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