|Outstanding views of Cory's Shearwaters today off Faial.|
As we prepared to leave Flores today we bade farewell to the Azores's first Spotted Flycatcher, and notched up a vagrant House Martin in the process. Better still on the journey to the airport was the pukka female American Black Duck finally pinned down on its favoured pool, with two male-type hybrids also present for direct comparison.
|Joel Bried releases a young Cory's Shearwater on our pelagic - some|
5,000 are rescued annually in the Azores by the SOS Cagarro scheme.
A short while later, we were on Faial for an excursion offshore. No pelagic rarities this time, but it was good to be back on the sea again, and great to have Joel Bried on board too. He brought along a companion - this young Cory's Shearwater (above), picked under the SOS Cagarro project, to be released at sea. It had quite a nip on it, as a marauding Atlantic Gull quickly found out.
|A Loggerhead Turtle surfaces next to the boat.|
|The group watching dolphins off the coast of Faial.|