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RIAAN JACOBS CELEBRATES PELAGIC BIRDS OFF KLEINBAAI, CAPE WHALE COAST

Posted on the 23rd March 2017

BirdLife Overberg member and master photographer Riaan Jacobs joined the crew of Dyer Island Cruises on a pelagic cruise off Kleinbaai on 21 March. Riaan describes it as an unbelievable outing, with hundreds of Atlantic Yellow- Nosed, Black-Browed and Shy Albatrosses being on view. Large flock of Cory`s and Sooty Shearwaters were also present, together with a few Great and Manx Shearwaters. European and Wilson`s Storm-Petrels were abundant and very active and Riaan claims that it took all of his skills to get good images of these brilliant little birds. Several skuas and White-chinned Petrels were also seen regularly. Large numbers of Cape Gannets with many immature birds were also found closer to shore hunting with Bottle-nosed Dolphins.

We decided to post a photo article with a selection of Riaan's lovely images. It is the best time of year to make a reservation to join DICT on one of these pelagic cruises. Contact Hennie Otto at hennie@sharkwatchsa.com or +27 (0)83 295 5307 for details.

Enjoy Riaan's images

A few albatrosses?

 

 

 

 

Adult Black-browed Albatross
Immature Black-browed Albatross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Shy Albatross
Juvenile Shy Albatross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Albatrosses in flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cory's Shearwaters - What numbers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Shearwater
and again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cory's Shearwater in flight
and more

 

Sooty Shearwaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Wilson's Storm Petrels
And in full flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And swerving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheer beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subantarctic Skua
White-chinned Petrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immature Cape Gannet
Take-off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In full flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMENTS

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TRUIDA LOUW (posted: 2017-03-23 13:30:23)
Baie dankie dat ons kan deel in die pragfoto`s.
Ek gaan oefen met die foto`s vir Flock 2017!!
Groete
Truida
CHARLES NAUDE (posted: 2017-03-23 12:16:59)
Uitstekende foto's, Riaan.
Groete
Charles.