Thursday, August 9, 2012

Wildlife of the Azores

My week on the island of San Miguel in the Azores was mainly spent on the dolphin watching boats, but I tried to photograph some of the other wildlife when the chance arose. I was surprised that the Azorean Yellow-legged gulls (race atlantis) were not interested in the bread that I tried to tempt them with, they obviously have a better diet than my local gulls. So although this was the most numerous species around the harbour in Ponta Delgada, photographic opportunities for this species were limited. The dolphins were such a draw that I also didn't find time to visit the areas where the endemic Azores Bullfinch could be found; but that's a good excuse for a return trip.

Cory's Shearwaters were seen in good numbers from the
dolphin-watching boats.

Male Canary at Lagoa Furnas.

Clouded Yellow photographed at Lagoa Furnas.

Loggerhead Turtle photographed on a dolphin-watching trip.
It was about the size of a dinner plate, a lot smaller than my
last Loggerhead in Turkey, but fab nevertheless. Note the small
fish taking refuge underneath. This turtle kept its fore flippers on
the back of its shell while close to the boat, then paddled away
strongly once it was at a safe distance; probably a defensive

Red-veined Darter. This beautiful dragonfly was photographed
on the shore of Lagoa Verde, the "Green Lake" at Sete Cidades.

Madeiran Wall Lizard, naturalised after
involuntary introduction. Lots of these were
seen on volcanic rocks near Sao Roque.

Azorean Yellow-legged Gull moulting into third winter
plumage (I think!) in Ponta Delgada Marina.

Juvenile Azorean Yellow-legged Gulls.

European Robin at Caldeira Velha.

Male Chaffinch of the race moreletti, photographed at Caldeira

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