Best Voyages for sea bird watching
You don’t have to be “twitcher” to enjoy the splendour of bird watching at sea.
We try to ensure that all our vessels have good reference books onboard to help you identify the birds and sea life around you. The more you see and recognise the more interesting it becomes. On many voyages you will find a keen ornithologist and there is always an expert aboard in Antarctica and South Gerogia.
Isles of Scilly
Well known for its bird life the Isles of Scilly is full of sea birds with Puffin and Storm Petrels breeding on Annet, Peregrine Flacons on Greater Ganilly, Shags and Cormorants on Mincarlo and many other islands. On the way to the Isles of Scilly it would be unusual not to see Gannets, greater and Lesser Black Back Gulls, Herring Gulls, Atlantic and Arctic Terns. Debbie and Adam have also seen a Siberian Thrush in 1999 a very rare visitor to the UK and on the same trip the first sighting in Britain of a Short Toed European Eagle. We saw both on the Island of St Agnes September 1999.
Any voyage in the Western Isles of Scotland can show up whole selection of birds, skuas, shearwaters, Sea Eagles, puffin, gannets, gulls and terns. St Kilda has its own thrush. Mull and Canna are frequent haunts of Sea Eagles and Ravens abound on the mountain sides with their deep throated crawing.
South Georgia and Antarctica
Sailing to these destinations is an ornithologists dream voyage when looking around the ship you can sometimes see literally thousands of sea birds at one time. Albatross including Royal Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Grey Headed Albatross, Sooty Albatross and one of my favourites the Black Browed Albatross and many more , petrels from Giant Petrels through Cape Petrels to the tiny Wilson Storm Petrel with its white rump. Skuas and Blue Eyed Cormorants nearer the shore and not forgetting the abundant penguins, King Penguin, Macaroni Penguin , Chin Strap Penguin, Adelie Penguin and Magalenic Penguins.
The Storm Petrel is the smallest bird that lives most of its life flitting and skimming at high speed just above the waves of the ocean. It is always a pleasure to to se the tiny bird in most Oceans of the world. In my next life I'd like to be Storm Petrel or a Wandering Albatross.