Barolo Shearwater

Magical Moments 2013 #12


What: Barolo (Little) Shearwater Puffinus baroli

Who: Marc Hughes, Rob Sandham, Dani López-Velasco, Juan Sagardia, Porti Porti, Dave Gosney, Pierre-André Crochet, Eric Didner, Johannes Dag Mayer and all thee other guys on the 48 hour pelagic…

Where: 50 miles north of Lanzarote and all water in-between

When: late August 2013

Why: get on….this…. small shearwater, is what he said. He never said “Is this a Manx”, ” Look at this funny Manx”- etc. etc. Marc Hughes that is. On clocking the bird- Manx Shearwater never even entered the thought process. Once again sharp-eyed Dani called it large: BAROLO! Unfamiliar blunt whirring wings/ rapidly flapping (much more so than Manx), whole different jizz, and then as it turned that open ‘white face’. Amazingly Johannes got some photos of the bird as we sped along and the bird twisted and turned. Very cool. The first Barolo Shearwater on the Lanzarote Pelagics- a species in serious decline with Canaries population on verge of extinction.

Marc Hughes sat next to me on our wee yacht, knifing through blue sub-tropical seas, shares the moment (sorry ’bout the wind noise):

Barolos_Shearwater-0444Barolo Shearwater– all photos by Johannes Dag Mayer (with thanks). The photo directly above nicely shows 2 rows of white-tipped coverts ( greater and median) a key feature if you get to see or photograph them.

See more on Johannes photos on his Flickr stream >>>HERE<<<

gang on lanza

Huge thanks again to  Juan and Dani who set the whole thing up, here with my travelling companions from North Wales, Rob Sandham and Marc Hughes.


Another great wee adventure on the Lanzarote Pelagics…

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