MADEIRA - JUNE 2011

Paul visited Madeira in June a absolutely loved the landscapes and in particular, the seabirds. Species such as Bulwer's Petrels, Fea's Petrel's, Zino's Petrels, Madeiran Storm-petrels and Barolo's Shearwaters provided some of the highlights. A was lucky to see White-faced Storm-petrel and Swinhoe's Storm-petrel too, but that's another story....

 

Here is a selection of photographs he took.

 

The famous levadas provide a great was to access spectacular mountain scenery without any strenuous up or down hill walks.This is Thomas and Louise at Risca Waterfall.

These endemic Trocaz Pigeons were at Risca waterfall too.

 

Here a Plain Swift flies over a steep valley.

Madeira Geraniums carpet the sides of the levadas in June.

Madeiran Chaffinches are rather tame! They look very different to our Chaffinches, as you can see below.

The Sao Lourenco Peninsula is very different to the lush laurel forests. Its spectacular geology provides great photo opportunities.

Several birds occur here such as Berthelot's Pipit and Rock Sparrow

 

Our overnight visit to the Desertas Islands was the highlight of the trip. Here's our yacht, the Ventura do Mar, moored in a small bay on Deserta Grande.

We have a wet landing on the beach, so bring your sandals or wetshoes!

The Ventura do Mar

Barbeque on the beach...

Bulwer's Petrels nest in crevices in piles of boulders and stone walls. There's one in there somewhere...

 

Just after dusk Bulwer's Petrels, Cory's Shearwaters and Madeiran Storm-petrels come ashore, their calls filling the night air. The Bulwer's in particular are very clumsy, crashing into boulders before shuffling to their nests.

 

The evening visit to the only Zino's Petrel colony in the world is an experience not to be missed. Pico de Arieiro is a beautiful location and a visit would be worthwhile for the sunset alone.

The path to the Zino's colony....

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