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Jump on board a 3-hour Birdwatching boat tour to the coast to observe known colonies, coastal birds and wildlife of the islet of Vila Franca do Campo. The day begins with a brief briefing that introduces you to locally observed bird species, migration and behavioural patterns and safety on board. Then we go out to the sea in search of sea birds and capture the behaviour of wild animals. Approaching carefully, the Guide will inform you, collect images and field data for local research and is available to answer your questions, so feel free to ask!
Many birds find an oasis in the Azores Islands to breed and raise chicks and as on-route refuge. Seabirds can be observed throughout the year, reaching a peak in spring and autumn with the arrival of migrants and vagrants.
The islands are home to the largest known colonies of Cory’s Shearwater, other common breeding species are Barolo Shearwater, Common and Roseate Terns, Yellow-legged Gulls, Bulwer’s Petrel, Wilson’s and Madeiran Storm-petrels, and sometimes surprises such as Bridled or Sooty Terns. Not breeding but regularly sighted are Great Shearwater and Leach’s Storm-petrel, Manx and Sooty Shearwater, vagrant Northern Gannets, Arctic, Pomarine and Great Skuas, and shorebirds such as Buzzards, Turnstones, Sanderlings, Canaries, Little Egrets, Wagtails, Whimbrels, and many more.
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