|Lima Pelagic July 2001|
|January 25, 2004|
Description: Pelagic off Callao, Lima w Letta some 30 nm from La Punta
Species Seen: 33
We arranged the first ever full day whale-watching trip in Peru off Callao. The weather was overcast until 2.30 or 3 PM and then the sun came out. Though we did not see any true whales but Common Dolphin (around 20-30) 12º14.360S, 77º35.007 and Dusky Dolphin (around 100) at 12º18.492S, 77º30.078W.
This was not a pelagic trip for birders primarily, most had joined to have the chance to spot some whales. We saw no big whales but dusky and common dolphin. The dusky dolphins put up quite a show as there were about 100 of them all together and they were making high leaps up in the air. The "whale-watchers" were very happy with this experience.
We were to start at 5.30 but actually set off at 6.30. I wanted to reach some 50 nm to reach waters that were 2000m deep. However, we only got to 30 nm off the coast, and depth here was about 1000 meters 12º17.100S 77º38.100W. A lot of seabirds where seen here including Black-browed Albatross and White-chinned Petrel
We were back in Callao at 16.30. A bit too short.
The birding was great though with a lot of variety of birds. The air-temperature was quite pleasant. The sea was a bit shaky but not too bad. Since both Mikko Pyhälä and I were quite novice to sea birding we felt like amateurs trying to straighten out some of the birds. We have included our reasoning for identification in the account below.
Gray Gull Larus modestus
Gray-hooded Gull Larus cirrocephalus
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