Shearwater - Balearlire
Puffin des Baléares
Balearic Shearwater, off Ibiza, March 2011
My experience has
can be hard to see offshore in the Mediterranean, often it is
occasional birds that are seen. The Bosporus and the sea of Marmora is
a different story - good numbers of Yelkouan
can be seen here. Around the Balearics the aptly named Balearic
Sheawater can also be seen in large flocks - often close to land in the
breeding season when flocks gather prior to going ashore.
Normally only small numbers are seen with groups of several birds being
the norm. I saw relatively few heading
into the Mediterranean through the Gibraltar Straits in March / April
shot shows a little of the plumage variation in Balearic Shearwater!
A picture of the most likely confusion species with Balearic
Sheatwater, the Yelkouan is shown below. More pictures of Yelkouan
Shearwater can be found on this page.
Shearwater, Marmora Straits, March 2010
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