Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Black-bellied Storm-petrel off Lanzarote - Second for WP

On the 10th September a group of Spanish seabirders and good friends of ours experimented with a deep sea pelagic trip off Lanzarote. The reward was instant with a Black-bellied Storm-petrel, the second for the Western Palearctic. The bird was spotted by Daniel Lopez-Velasco and photographed by Miguel Roucu (see below). We were in Spain at the time studying shearwaters of the Mediterranean with Ricard Gutierez and got the news red hot and were completely gripped. Well done to the pioneering Spanish team!

Black-bellied Storm-petrel off Lanzarote by Miguel Roucu