Four couples, the Maphams, Meyers, Planes and the Turners set off from the New Harbour at 03h30 on Friday 30th January for the pelagic fishing grounds 50kms off Cape Point. Our small unique tailor made trip arranged by Walter Mapham on the “Majestic” was an unforgetable birding experience.
Once the fishing trawlers were located we were able to get up close to view these beautiful pelagic seabirds. Gavin and Cynthia were able to capture the most amazing photographs, which we hope he will soon be able to share with our HBC club members. A few of us were privileged to have a preview presentation after our fish braai at the Boat Club on Thursday 7th.
Gavin was able to identify, aided by his photos 4 species of Albatross, two Giant Petrels , four other Petrels including two small Storm Petrels, three species of Shearwaters and the Subantartic Skua. A few more familiar seabirds like the Cape Gannet, Cape Cormarant, Cape Gull and Artic Tern were also seen.
We eventually returned safely to Hermanus after 20h00, after a magical sunset at sea, a very tired, but happy bunch with some memorable birding experiences. Our thanks to Walter for selecting a perfect day and doing all the planning for our full day at sea.