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Azores Nature Trip Report June 2015

Azores Nature Trip Report June 2015

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Birdwatch Review of The Azores Rare and Scarce Bird Report 2013

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Azores Natural History Trip 2015 Days five and six

AZORES NATURE    The SPA Pico da Vara, Sao Miguel- almost half of the Azores endemics occur in this area.  Serra de Santa Barbara, Terceira. A cloud forest environment.  Azores Bullfinch on Sao Miguel.  ’Azores Chaffinch’  Tree Fern  Elaphoglossum semicylindricum- an endemic epiphyte of Junipers  Huperzia dentate- a Macronesian endemic. Found in the cloud forest [...]

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Azores Natural History Trip 2015 Day Four

 Fin Whales  Common Dolphins  Striped Dolphins  Sei Whale- classic sickle shaped fin (cheers Justin) Sei Whale   Spent yesterday focusing on looking for whales. We’ve timed the trip this year to coincide with the rorqual whale migration as they follow the phytoplankton bloom as it moves north bringing the whales into the Azorean waters between [...]

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Azores Natural History Trip 2015 Days One to Three

 Graciosa, international biosphere reserve- home to the entire world population of Monteiro’s Petrel and also host to other important seabird colonies.  Kentish Plover young at Cabo da Praia, Terciera  Red-veined Darter  Cory’s Shearwater- 85% of the world’s population breed on the Azores  Monteiro’s Petrel- Adult birds this time of year should be in fresh plumage. This [...]

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2016 Natural History Tour

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE AZORESBirds, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals and endemic botany of the Azores   Tour dates: 8th to 15th June 2016 Cost: 1456pp ITINERARY Day 1. Fly Gatwick to Sao Miguel. Accommodation at Hotel Matriz. Day 2. Today we shall take a jeep safari to the western side of the [...]

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Azores Nature Pelagic 2014

Here are the highlights from this year’s pelagic trip:  Swinhoe’s Petrel (Richard Bonser)- 80% success rate on these pelagic trips A worn bird, moulting it’s inner primaries this time of year  is diagnostic of an adult band-rumped petrel from the summer breeding population which based on the locality is the recently described Monteiro’s Petrel (Richard [...]

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Natural History Trip Recce

Here is a brief photo sketch of the new tour plan. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE AZORES Birds, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals and endemic botany of the Azores DAY ONE Setting the Scene A landscape and geology tour on Sao Miguel with volcanologist  Dina, exploring the volcanic origin of the Azores and understanding the [...]

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Azores Nature Pelagic 2013 Summary

White-tailed Tropicbird Another good trip out to sea. On the last day several members of the group twitched the White-tailed Tropic bird at Sao Miguel- presumably the same bird that has been on the archipelago since 2011 (photo above). This year’s crew were Ernie Davies, Chris Townend, Daniel Mauras, Thomas Lang, Jurgen Blessing, Peter and [...]

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Azores Nature Pelagic 2013 Days eight to ten

   Bottlenose Dolphins  Sooty Shearwater  Sperm Whale breaching Goldcrest- an endemic island form on Santa Maria Well that was a rather pleasant disaster. No Whale Sharks despite hours and hours of searching over three days. Didn’t help that the tuna fishing fleet were having a tuna festival instead of out fishing and reporting whale shark [...]

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