Birdwatching Expedition Boat Adventure
Duration: 3 hours Easy
Why we love this tour
Join a marine wildlife expedition to explore hidden places and observe the season’s birds!
- Naturalist/Biologist Guide
- Wild Behavior out at Sea
- Rare species observation
- Completely different perspecitve on the life of birds
At the given hour, meet us at the Vila Franca do Campo Marina to check in.
A brief introduction to the area bird species, migration patterns, behavioral patterns, and aboard safety kicks off the day.
To go to your assigned boat and head out to sea, follow the Guide and Skipper. In the off-coast nature reserve of the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, the boat will cruise the coastline to observe recognized colonies, shorebirds, and wildlife. Then set off towards the ocean in search of seabirds and to document wild animal behavior. Lookouts high inland aid in detecting the area where the boat may initially proceed at a high rate of speed and provide directions through VHF radio. Your Guide will keep you informed, gather field imagery and data for local study, and is available to provide information – feel free to ask! Your Guide is cautiously approaching undiscovered distance.
The Azores Islands serve as a breeding ground, a place to rear chicks, and a stopover for many birds. The abundance of marine birds peaks in the spring and fall as migrant and vagrant species arrive, although they can be seen all year long.
At 11:00 it is time to be at the Marina for check-out.
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 unexpected 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 shore birds such as Buzzards, Turnstones, Sanderlings, Canaries, Little Egrets, Wagtails, Whimbrels,... anything can happen.
Need to know before you go
- Eat light, and bring your personal water supply, sunscreen and chap-stick, and warm clothing. Light food is permitted, a camera is essential (pref. with zoom), binoculars are recommended - protect any personal equipment.
- NOT FOR anyone pregnant, with weak back, in wheelchair, in delicate health condition, or under the age of 4.
- Reservations at all times subject to rescheduling to availability requirements, safety and weather conditions.
- English is the official language, but our team is multinational and will do their best to accommodate your preferred language (this is not guaranteed).
- IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT it is not possible to control animals' behavior in the wild, or to guarantee that you will see a specific species at a specific time frame.
- This is a high conservational risk activity - a qualified Wildlife Guide will always be there to ensure the best environmental & conservation standards during tour.
- Children of ages up to 13 must be accompanied by at least one adult.
How to get to us:
From Ponta Delgada city center by auto, head East along the coast and follow directions to Vila Franca do Campo. Once in Vila Franca do Campo, descend towards sea level and the Marina where our Base and Yellow Boats are stationed - and Free Parking can be found. Directions from Google Maps: http://maps.google.com/?saddr=Current+Location&daddr=Azores+Whale+Watching+Terr a+Azul
Changes with up to 24 hours notice from scheduled departure times are free of charge. Changes after 24 hours preceding departure times, or being late, will be fully charged.
TERRA AZUL Base Marina of Vila Franca do Campo 4, 9680-187 São Miguel - Azores Islands, Portugal
GPS: 37.715780, -25.429745
Provided byAzores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL
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