Tours from June to October -
In the coastal waters of the Algarve a few miles off shore, it is possible to observe Storm Petrels (including Wilson's SP. from June to September), Skuas, Shearwaters (including Great SW. in summer and autumn) and many other seabirds, as well as Common-
and other marine wildlife.
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) in the Algarve, Oct. 1st, 2014 (GS).
During the c. 2,5 hours Tour we will be headed out for about 5 to 6 miles off shore, until we reach the best areas for the observations of seabirds. (During a "chumming-
Here is a map to the meeting-
*[Note: chumming not done on all Tours anymore]
A juvenile Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) close up next to the boat. October 2014 (GS).
Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus) occasionally dive down like a harpoon right next to the boat, to catch a piece of fish before it sinks down. Various Gull-
We be will searching for Dolphins – which can be seen on most, but not on all Tours. Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) and Bottlenose Dolphin
(Tursiops truncatus) are the most abundant sea mammals. Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) also occurs.
During the trip, we come across sea birds on passage and will get good views of Shearwaters -
Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra)
Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris borealis)
Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedia)
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis)
Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)
Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus)
Yelkouan Shearwater (Puffinus yelkouan) rare
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
European Storm Petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus)
Wilson's Storm Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus)
Leach's Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) rare
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)
Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)
Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus)
Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
Razorbill (Alca torda) winter
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) winter
Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) winter
Main season for pelagics here is late May to November, with August and September being perhaps the strongest month (depending on species).
Please contact Birdwatching-
Wilson's Storm Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) summers off the Algarve coast from late May to
early October. [Foto: Michael Southcott]