Monthly Archives: June 2015

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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