Saturday, 6 July 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)


  1. Stunning images, well worth the wait.

    1. Thanks guys ! Will try to be more regular 😃