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
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.