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Friday, December 19, 2014

20.12.2014. Christmas' boat trip by the 'ria' of Arousa.

Eurasian oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus. Ría de Arousa, SW Galicia (c) Xoán Diéguez.


Due agenda issues with our boat 'Chasula', the next trip of Seabirds Galicia will be held on 20th December 2014, with departure and arrival to the marina of Cabo de Cruz (Boiro, A Coruña). The geographic coordinates are 42º36 '6 "N: 08º 53 '3"W (Boiro A Coruña.).

This trip will be performed within the 'ria' of Arousa, where we can observe wintering birds as red-breasted mergansers (Mergus serrator) and black-necked grebes (Podiceps nigricollis), with great concentrations, amongst the highest of Galicia and Spain. In this route you can see also crested grebes (Podiceps cristatus), common scoters (Melanitta nigra), waders, cormorants, spoonbills, herons, egrets and oystercatchers roosting on islets.

We also announce the second route this winter, towards the fantastic bay of A Lanzada, well known in Galicia due the wintering divers (great northern Gavia immer and black-throated G. arctica), common scoters, razorbills (Alca torda), Sandwich terns (Sterna sandvicensis), Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) and even great skuas (Stercorarius skua).
And, with a little bit of luck, bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) will be seen aswell.

Come on, and book your 'seat'!: seabirdsgalicia@gmail.com.


 Razor-billed auk Alca torda. Ría de Arousa, SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernández Carnero.

Friday, October 17, 2014

11/10/2014: a great list.

As usual, the "Chasula" left the harbour of O Grove by dawn. 

As we head offshore, we began to see lesser and great black-backed gulls, black-headed gulls, grey herons, little egrets, dunlins, sanderlings, cormorants, shags and Sandwich terns.
Once we passed by Sálvora island, and up to 6 nautical miles offshore, large groups of Northern gannets of all ages approached the boat along with huge flocks of gulls that gave color and life to the drab blue. 

At the 'chums' we enjoyed a great frenzy of shearwaters: great, sooty, Manx and Balearic shearwater. A nice 'trio' of skuas popped up: great, Pomarine and Arctic, along with some European storm-petrels.

In the last point of the route the gannets were still going on, and, remarkably, a flock of pipits flew over our heads. No less than 70 common dolphins were seen playing and interacting with the boat for nearly an hour... and even a couple came to copulate near the 'Chasula'!
Some bottlenose dolphins and 2 sunfish were also spotted... 

It was an unforgettable day! 

Here below is the detailed list of species, with highlights in bold and approximate numbers in italics:

SEA-BIRDS  GALICIA 11/10/2014
Scientífic name TOTAL 
Puffinus puffinus 2
Calonectris diomedea 4
Puffinus gravis 38
Puffinus mauretanicus 25
Puffinus griseus 9
Hydrobates pelagicus 5
Hydrobatidae 1
Phalacrocorax carbo 20
Phalacrocorax aristotelis 687
Morus bassanus 651
Ardea cinerea 5
Egretta garzetta 8
Calidris alba 25
Calidris alpina 8
Stercorarius skua 16
Stercorarius pomarinus 3
Stercorarius parasiticus 2
Larus melanocephalus 155
Larus ridibundus 81
Larus michahellis 2859
Larus fuscus 89
Larus marinus 6
Sterna hirundo 4
Sterna sandvicensis 8
Anthus  sp. 12
Motacilla alba 1
Corvus corone 5
Delphinus delphis 77
Tursius truncatus  14
Mola mola 2
An some pictures of the trip, (c) Xoán Diéguez,  X. L. Fernandez Carnero, Stefán Aki Ragnarsson and Ramsés Pérez.

Chasula. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) R. Perez.

 Puffinus gravis. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.
Morus bassanus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.
 Morus bassanus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.

Morus bassanus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.

Morus bassanus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.
Larus marinus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.
 Puffinus griseus 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.


 Puffinus griseus 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.


 Puffinus griseus 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.
 Puffinus gravis. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.
 Morus bassanus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.
 Morus bassanus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.
Morus bassanus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.
 Sterna hirundo 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.
 Larus melanocephalus 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.

Delphinus delphis 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.
 Puffinus mauretanicus 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.
 Calonectris diomedea 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. L. Fernandez Carnero.

 Puffinus griseus 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) S. A. Ragnarsson.


 Puffinus gravis. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) S. A. Ragnarsson.
 Puffinus gravis. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) S. A. Ragnarsson.
 Puffinus gravis. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) S. A. Ragnarsson.
Stercorarius pomarinus. 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) S. A. Ragnarsson.


Delphinus delphis 11/10/2014. SW Galicia (c) S. A. Ragnarsson.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

21/09/2014: Pelagic of the end of summer

After several days of bad weather and not-so-good sea condition, that Sunday dawned with sun and calm sea.

We started from O Grove harboir nearly in the dark with the hope of seeing what we like the most: birds and marine animals.

Short after heading towards our destination, we saw the first yellow-legged gulls, black-headed and lesser black-backed gulls, with great cormorants and their their smaller relatives the European shags.

As we navigate through the 'ria' we could spot grey herons and little egrets resting in the mussel rafts, some great black-backed gulls, Sandwich terns and some Balearic shearwaters.
As we sail past Sálvora Island (p. Atlantic Islands National Park), things became more interesting and Balearic, Cory's and Manx shearwater popped up, with lots of Atlantic gannets, great and arctic skuas, common terns, and early razorbill, common scoters and even a marsh harrier. Chumming was also productive, with lots of shearwaters and gulls.

Once back in the 'ria' we located a nice Pomarine skua near the mussel rafts, adding turnstones, whimbrels, common sandpipers and a white wagtail.

We also observed common dolphins, that played at the bow of our boat, and bottlenose dolphins with calves, plus sunfish and a beautiful red admiral.


Here below is the detailed list of species, with highlights in bold and approximate numbers in italics:

SEA-BIRDS GALICIA
    21/09/2014
N.   CIENTÍFICO
TOTAL 
Melanita nigra 
15
Puffinus puffinus
1
Calonectris diomedea
8
Puffinus mauretanicus
69
Phalacrocorax carbo
48
Phalacrocorax aristotelis
451
Morus bassanus
240
Ardea cinerea
13
Egretta garzetta
5
Arenaria interpres
6
Actitis hypoleucos
8
Numenius phaepus
84
Stercorarius skua
9
Stercorarius pomarinus
1
Stercorarius parasiticus
2
Larus melanocephalus
10
Larus ridibundus
29
Larus michahellis
977
Larus fuscus
149
Larus marinus
7
Chilidonias niger
2
Sterna sanwicensis16
Alca torda
1
Motacilla alba
1
Circus aeruginosus
1
Delphinus delphis
12
Tursius truncatus 
17
Mola mola
3








        (c) Xoán Diéguez, J. M. Carregal, J. Gómez.

           Stercorarius skua. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.






Puffinus mauretanicus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.

Larus michahellis. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.

             Morus bassanus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. Dieguez.

Pardela pichoneta Puffinus puffinus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X.  Dieguez.

Puffinus puffinus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. Dieguez.

Puffinus puffinus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. Dieguez.

Morus bassanus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. Dieguez.

 Phalacrocorax aristotelis. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) X. Dieguez.
Morus bassanus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. Gómez.
Stercorarius skua. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. Gómez.
Puffinus puffinus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. Gómez.
 Morus bassanus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. Gómez.

Stercorarius skua. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. Gómez.

 Puffinus mauretanicus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. Gómez.

Chlidonias  niger. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J.  Gómez.

Tursius truncatus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. Gómez.
Tursius truncatus. 21/09/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. M. Carregal.




Monday, August 4, 2014

26/07/2014: Balearics and a Wilson's!

In this first pelagic of July, we left the harbour of O Grove early in the morning excited by the good weather forecast. There was a good visibility and high temperatures throughout the cruise, but we were somewhat worried about the NE wind. 

As we left the port we saw a flock of common swifts and while sailing through the 'ria' of Arousa towards its mouth we saw many yellow-legged and Mediterranean gulls, European shags and a peregrine falcon flying to the NW in the mussel rafts. 

Balearic shearwaters appeared soon and were able to enjoy their shallow dives near the boat. Off Sálvora island a group of common dolphins traveled also with us next to the bow, and a sooty shearwater and several Sandwich terns were spotted too. Once in the 'chumming' places (12 nm offshore), a Wilson's storm petrel, a single great skua, more Balearic shearwaters and sunfish approached to the boat. 

In the way back, once in the 'ria', there was also a lonely bottlenose dolphin. 

Here below is the detailed list of species, with highlights in bold and approximate numbers in italics:


SEABIRDS  GALICIA26/07/2014
Latin nameEnglish name
Puffinus mauretanicusBalearic shearwater56
Puffinus griseusSooty shearwater2
Oceanites oceanicusWilson's storm-petrel1
Phalacrocorax carboGreat cormorant6
Phalacrocorax aristotelisEuropean shag231
Morus bassanusNorthern gannet21
Stercorarius skuaGreat skua3
Larus melanocephalusMediterranean gull5
Chroicocephalus ridibundusBlack-headed gull2
Larus michahellisYellow-legged gull1062
Larus fuscusLesser black-backed gull9
Larus marinusGreat black-backed gull3
Sterna sandvicensisSandwich tern 2
Apus apusCommon swift10
Falco peregrinusPeregrine falcon1
Delphinus delphisCommon dolphin24
Tursiops truncatus Bottlenose dolphin1
Mola molaSunfish1


And some photos (c) Xoán Diéguez, Xosé Luis Fernández Carnero, Cosme Damián Romay, Atocha Ramos ans José Luis Lorenzo:

The pattern. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.
Some participants in the pelagic. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c)
 J. L. Lorenzo.

Some participants in the pelagic. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c)
 J. L. Lorenzo.
Some participants in the pelagic. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c)
 J. L. Lorenzo.
Northen gannet Morus bassanus and great skua  Stercorarius skua. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.
Northen gannet Morus bassanus .26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.
Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.

Wilson's storm-petrel  Oceanites oceanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.
Wilson's storm-petrel  Oceanites oceanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.

Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.
Balearic shearwater  Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.

Balearic shearwater  Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) J. L. Lorenzo.

Northern gannet Morus bassanus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero.
Northen gannet Morus bassanus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero.
European shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xoán Diéguez.

Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) C.D. Romay.

Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xoán Diéguez.
Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) C.D. Romay.

Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia. (C) X. L. Fernández Carnero.
Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia. (C) X. L. Fernández Carnero.

Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Atocha Ramos.
Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Atocha Ramos.
Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus and yellow-legged gull Larus michahellis. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Atocha Ramos.
Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xoán Diéguez.
Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xoán Diéguez.

Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia. (C) X. L. Fernández Carnero.


Wilson's storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) C.D. Romay.

Wilson's storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xoán Diéguez.

Great skua Stercorarius skua. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xosé Luis Fernández Carnero.
Great skua Stercorarius skua. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) C.D. Romay.
Great skua Stercorarius skua. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xoán Diéguez.
Common dolphin Delphinus delphis. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Xoán Diéguez.

Common dolphin Delphinus delphis. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Atocha Ramos.


Sunfish Mola mola. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) Atocha Ramos.
Sunfish Mola mola. 26/07/2014. SW Galicia (c) C.D. Romay.