Birds Everywhere!!!

Sightings Archive

Today, having passed the Peninsula Valdes, we encountered a choppy sea state and a force 5 wind speed at first light - not the best for spotting cetaceans, but it proved to be ideal for the birds!

As we headed south, I began to pick out distant birds on the horizon, as we got closer, the numbers of birds seemed to multiply before my eyes - 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000 - a truly amazing spectacle.

The birds were of several species, the majority being Black-Browed Albatross (in excess of 600), but also hundreds of Little and Great Shearwaters, as well as Great-Winged and White-Chinned Petrels. The area was obviously a rich feeding ground, with a number of South American Sea Lions and Magellanic Penguins also in association.

We didn't encounter such numbers of birds over the course of the rest of the day.

Best regards, Clive