Sunday, 9 August 2015


A pleasant week in Madeira. Very limited on avifauna but some new birds nonetheless...

Cory's Shearwater (many, inc a group of 75 on the water)
Bulwer's Petrel -2 
Madieran Firecrest - common in parks
Canary - numerous in Funchal
Trocaz Pigeon - several seen below us from the Balcoes viewpoint)
(Madeiran Chaffinch)

Had higher hopes but regrettably a birding tour company cancelled both reserved trips (4 hour endemic trip and 6 hour Pelagic)...

The boat trip we took out was therefore a tourist trip which, when both Whale (in this case Bryde's) and Dolphin (Bottlenose) were secured, the agenda then switch to sailing to a shallow cove for swimming. Better than nothing!

Elusive and timid...