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South Africa’s east coast can offer some extremely rewarding pelagic birding. These waters are still rather under-birded and every pelagic has the potential to turn up something of extreme interest. Pelagic species that have been recorded off Durban in August include Indian Yellow-nosed, Black-browed and Shy Albatross, White-chinned, Pintado (Cape), Southern Giant, Soft-plumed and Great-winged Petrel, Flesh-footed and Sooty Shearwater, Antarctic Prion as well as Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Cape Gannet and Antarctic Tern. We will also take out chum in order to try bring in some of these special birds, allowing great photo opportunities. The list of potential rarities is long and this exciting aspect is a real drawcard for pelagic birding in this area. Gems like Wandering and Sooty Albatrosses, Grey and Tahiti Petrels, Streaked and Tropical Shearwaters, White-faced Storm Petrel, Red-footed Booby and many others have all turned up over the years. Cetaceans are often encountered and may include Humpback Whale, Indian Ocean Bottle-nosed, Spinner or Common Dolphins. A day at sea is always a worthwhile expedition!

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross by Adam Riley