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Saturday, July 6, 2013

UAE Pelagic Summary

Been a while since I posted,  to be honest I have travelled a lot recently, taken a lot of pictures, been working hard and just not had time for the blog.  However I find myself with 5 minutes to put together a small blog on a summary of some recent Pelagics I have been on off the East Coast of the UAE.

31st May 2013 Species Included :
  • Flesh-footed Shearwater 4
  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater 5
  • Persian Shearwater 4000 +   mostly in two large flocks - amazing sight,  one of the largest if not the largest count of this species in UAE waters.
  • Wilson's Storm Petrel 1
  • Red-necked Phalarope 15
  • Brown Noddy 1
  • Sooty Tern 1 (Immature)
  • Bridled Tern 700
  • Little Tern 5
  • Common Tern 200+
  • White-cheeked Tern 2
  • Lesser-crested Tern 2
  • Arctic Skua 1


Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes)

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus)

Persian Shearwater (Puffinus persicus)

Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus)

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus)

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)


7th June 2013 Species Included :

Numbers were down on this trip,  still 1000+ Persian Shearwater,  however other species were lacking.  The highlight of the trip being a Long-tailed Skua

  • Persian Shearwater 1000 +
  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater 2
  • Bridled Tern 180
  • Long-tailed Skua 1
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus)

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus)

Persian Shearwater (Puffinus persicus)

Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus)

Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus)

Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus)


14th June 2013 Species Included :

This turned out to be a cracking Pelagic especially if you needed to see Jouanin's Petrel !
Some of the Tuna action was the best I've seen !!
  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater 6
  • Flesh-footed Shearwater 1
  • Jouanin's Petrel 20
  • Wilson's Storm-petrel 22
  • Common Noddy 1
  • Red-necked Phalarope 2




Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus)


Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus)


Joaunin's Petrel (Bulweria fallax)


Joaunin's Petrel (Bulweria fallax)


Persian Shearwater (Puffinus persicus)


Persian Shearwater (Puffinus persicus)


Wilson's Storm Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus)





2 comments:

  1. Stunning images, well worth the wait.

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    1. Thanks guys ! Will try to be more regular πŸ˜ƒ

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