14 Jul 2010

Day 5. The journey home.

A leisurely breakfast Saturday morning and we were off to the airport to drop thie hire car back aand get our Ryanair flight back to Liverpool. A slight dealy whilst the plane sat on the tarmac for 40 minutes with the air conditioning off and all the doors closed is now becoming the norm for air travel!

People have remarked that the number of White-faced Petrels we saw is exceptional. Previous high counts haven't beeen into double figures but they have been from the direct ferry from Lanazarote to Tenerife which I believ eonly runs in the winter months. It appears that the route we took from Lanzarote to Gran Canaria is the best one for seeign this species.

We are confident there was no duplication of records as we were all watching from the port side and all birds were picked up slightly ahead of us and passed from bow to stern. We didn't see any birds coming up from behind us.

We noted the times for all the species seen and they make interesting reading.

Ferry left Arricife 11.15.
1st Bulwers seen 12.00 and last seen 16.00 but most seen 12.00 to 14.00
1st White-faced Petrel seen 13.15 and last 15.39 (about 20 minutes from Los Palmas, Gran Canaria).

There seemed to be a distinct species profile as the journey progressed. Cory's then Bulwers then White-faced and then more Cory's again as we approached shore.

A brilliant trip with some fantastic memories for all of us.


Whip said...

I see from your excellent report Phil,that you all scored heavily. Some great shots of the seabirds which really GRIPPED ME OFF. Wish i'd been there.

Phil Woollen. said...

Cheers Whipper. Your presence was missed!