Pelagic working voyages interspersed with local patch and occasional twitch birding news
Friday, 24 February 2012
33 degrees North, 14 degrees East
Somewhere between Malta and Libya. It was a much better day today. The wind has dropped to a pleasant although chilly F4 Northerly, the swell is less than 2 metres and the sun shone. Despite the vastly improved conditions my time on watch only produced 3 (very distant) lesser black-backs. The good news though was my first returning spring migrant- a house martin came flashing across the waves, flew briefly under our helideck then headed north across the sea! Hopefully if pelagic seabirds are scarce on this job the void might be filled with good numbers of passage migrants heading back to Europe and the British isles!