There can be few pleasures that top a morning spent birding out in Walker Bay. Walter took four of us out this morning and we had a really wonderful trip in his fishing boat. When we set out there wasn’t a bird in sight, and pretty heavy swells and quite a bit of chop were the order of the day. We wondered if we were on a wild Albatross chase!
Then we stopped about 3,5 km offshore and drifted. Walter had some sardines which he threw about and it wasn’t long before a Brown Skua appeared. Within a short time there were about four of them around the boat and we had excellent sightings. Then a couple of White-chinned Petrels appeared – also enjoying the chum. Later they were joined by a few Sooty Shearwaters , whilst the odd Kelp or Hartlaub’s Gull dropped by. Terns, both Common and Swift, were occasional visitors, and then what we had been waiting for – a Shy Albatross. It swooped in and landed near the boat and we had the most amazing views of it.
Sadly we did not see much else, but it did not matter – what we did see was amazing and we all felt very privileged to have been able to enjoy this experience. Thanks to Walter for being a great skipper and allowing us to use his boat as an observation platform, albeit a very unstable one! We bobbed around in the choppy water, but nobody had any ill effects and we are all raring to go on the next trip!