Brixham short range pelagic

A very successful pelagic, with great views of the target species Balearic Shearwater (may be 8 seen). It was also very interesting to get a group of Manx coming into feed on mashed fish liver - they're not really meant to do that! One Balearic was a nice pale bird with the white on the underside going right down between the legs, this bird might be called something else as a distant well lit view off some headlands! A pic of this bird and hopefully other photographers on board will post some more shots from the trip. One Harbour Porpoise was also seen. While heading back yet another Balearic Shearwater was just off Brixham breakwater....and finally I was a little peeved to hear my usual fishing boat had a Great Shearwater feeding by it at very close range some 20+miles out!

pale Balearic ShearwaterManx ShearwaterManx and Balearic flight shape comparison

More trips are planned by Nigel and Chris Smallbones for 17th & 31st August and  7th & 14th September, leaving from Brixham harbour at 16:30 (with chum for attracting seabirds), contact on 07866 202576. Prices £18 per head, spaces limited to 12 people.

Posted August 10th, 2013 at 11:26 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News