Sunday, 24 July 2011

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Black-crowned Night Heron – Nycticorax nycticorax


2nd Record for Pico Island! Seen just outside our base!

Monday, 28 February 2011

White-rumped Sandpiper – Calidris fuscicollis

Another American Wader which is a regular visitor in Lajes Bay.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Yellow-crowned Night Heron – Nyctanassa violaceus

2nd record for The Azores!! This one stayed for 2 weeks around the harbour area.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Wilson's Storm-petrel – Oceanites oceanicus

While looking for Sperm Whales and just one minute after seeing a Bulwer´s Petrel, this Wilson´s came to make us a visit.

Bulwer's Petrel – Bulweria bulwerii

The first time that a saw a Bulwer´s Petrel taking off from the water. 5 Miles off São João.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Pomarine Skua – Stercorarius pomarinus

We and this Pomarine Skua were looking for a Fin Whale 12 miles offshore!:)


Trinidade Petrel – Pterodroma arminjoniana

6th Record for the Azores!! Sighted while watching one Blue Whale 8 miles offshore Ponta da Queimada!!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Pomarine Skua – Stercorarius pomarinus

 A rare Pomarine Skua flying just over our boat, while we were with a pod of sperm Whales! :)

Monday, 8 February 2010

Northern Gannet – Morus bassanus

Juvenile Gannet passing just over the boat!  8 miles Offshore São Mateus.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Bar-tailed Godwit – Limosa lapponica

 Another rare bird at Lajes, it was socializing with the Dunlin...

Dunlin – Calidris alpina

Unusual sighting at Lajes, like many other waders, this species can be seen here although not very often!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Parasitic Skua – Stercorarius parasiticus

Rare/Vagrant . All the Skuas are sighted ocasionally around the islands, this one was sighted 4/5 miles off Lajes do Pico.

Cory's Shearwater – Calonectris diomedea borealis

By far the most common marine bird in The Azores, it can be sighted in a daily basis around the islands.

Roseate Tern – Sterna dougallii

Altough it´s a Common/Breeding bird around The Azores, is still one of the rarest birds in Europe.
This one is particular is ringed and i´m trying to get some more information.
Sighted at Lajes harbour.

Sooty Shearwater – Puffinus griseus

Uncommon/Vagrant. Sighted 7/8 miles off Ponta da ilha- Pico.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Eurasian Spoonbill – Platalea leucorodia

The last from a group of three that stayed around from September 08 to March 09 in the pond area at Lajes do Pico.
One was found dead (cause unknown).