Sunday, 5 June 2011

Graciosa Pelagic 2011

Monteiro's Petrel (Richard Bonser)

Wilson's Petrel (Richard Bonser)

Cory's Shearwater (Richard Bonser)

Risso's Dolphin (Ricard Bonser)

Super-pod of Common Dolphin (Richard Bonser)

Cuvier's Beaked Whale (Richard Bonser)

Roseate Tern and Graciosa

Rough-legged Buzzard (Richard Bonser)

Before the highlights here come the lowlights:
1) My new 7D, 300m lens and 1.4 converter went over board and into the drink never to be seen again (15 minutes into the pelagic)
2) We didn't find any rare pterodroma petrels
3) Richard's bins went into the 4 day old chum bucket
4) I can still smell sardines

Now for the highlights 30th May to 3rd June offshore Graciosa:

1 Sooty/Bridled Tern- found by Tommy from Praia village on Praia islet amongst the tern colony- too distant to be certain but we suspect Sooty Tern. Hopefully researchers will confirm id when they arrive on Monday.
4 large skua sp.- still reading up on these so more on this later.
12-15 Wilson's Petrel- in the Fortune Sea between Graciosa and Terceira
1 Grey Phalarope- off the Terceira to Graciosa Ferry
3-4 Bulwers Petrel- off the Terceira to Graciosa Ferry
5+ Sooty Shearwater
2-3 Barolo Shearwater
50+ Monteiro's Petrel
1 2nd cy Gannet
3-4 Manx Shearwater

Roseate and Common Terns, Cory's Shearwater and Azorean Gull were the back drop.

6 Cuvier's Beaked Whales
200+ Common Dolphin
50+ Bottlenose Dolphin
12+ Risso's Dolphin
1 Loggerhead Turtle
1 Sunfish
3 Blue Shark
2 Flying Fish

Also we had a Rough-legged Buzzard on the island.


Yoav Perlman said...

Well you should upgrade yourself to a MK4 and 500 mm f/4. That's the only way to deal with situations like this.

Peter Alfrey said...

I agree. Good idea to turn a disaster into an upgrade :-))

john said...

I feel your pain. Years ago I lost my brand new Canon, 500mm lens, flash,etc. and my beloved Ziess binocs in Costa Rica. It just made me heartsick.
Now I shoot with a much cheaper superzoom type camera. Fujifilm HS-10, 24-720mm lens. It's not a professional camera but it takes some really good photos.

Peter Alfrey said...

Blimey- bins and camera! Thats a wipe out. I should be grateful I just my camera.
Actually reminds me that I need to fidn out whether or not I am insured for pelagic collateral damage.