Senegal October 2001


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Here are some pictures of a trip by Richard Porter and myself. During the 10 days, 13th to 22nd October, we spent two days on pelagics venturing up to 6 km west and 17kms north of Point des Almadies and eight days seawatching from Isle de Ngor.

Pelagic highlights included 400 Cape Verde Shearwaters, one Balearic Shearwater, 69 Wilson's Storm-petrels, 1 Madeiran Petrel, 439 Pomarine Skuas (400 in one flock around a trawler) and 29 Catheracta skuas ; of the latter all seen well were South Polar Skuas (see here). We also saw 3 schools totalling about 700 Long-beaked Common Dolphins.

We sea-watched for 65 hours over eight days and counted a total of 11,469 southerly migrating seabirds. These included 3437 Sooty Shearwaters, one White-faced Storm-petrel, 2 Cape Verde Little Shearwaters, one Red-billed Tropicbird, 2500 Pomarine Skuas, 213 Catheracta Skuas (all identified to species were South Polar), 3 Kelp Gulls, 651 Sabine's Gulls, 34 Audouinís Gulls and 2076 Black Terns. We also had a pod of 4 Orcas, including a very large male.

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 List of Seabirds and Mammals

    October 27, 2001

    

 Manx Shearwater

    October 24, 2001

    close views

 Balearic Shearwater

    October 24, 2001

    very southerly record

 Sooty Shearwater

    October 27, 2001

    sitting and in flight

 Cory's Shearwater

    October 25, 2001

    on the water

 Cory's Shearwater

    October 25, 2001

    in flight

 Cape Verde Shearwater

    October 27, 2001

    6 pictures

 Audouin's Gull

    October 27, 2001

    1st calendar year birds

 Pomarine Skua

    October 27, 2001

    4 adults

 Northern Gannet

    October 27, 2001

    juvenile

 Long-beaked Common Dolphin

    October 24, 2001

    playful animals

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    October 28, 2001

    Local birds and migrants

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