Madeiran Storm-petrel off Scilly 28 July 2007

Bob Flood

6.55 pm: on board MV Sapphire with skipper by Joe Pender about 7 miles south-east of Scilly

Another European Storm-petrel appeared over a wave heading in our direction with its characteristic short wings, slightly bowed, batting towards us. I kept scanning in search of a Wilson’s that our visiting birders were after, expecting soon to see its distinctive head-on profile with medium-length and flattened wings, flying towards us with a hirundine-quality. What in fact I did see was a long-winged storm-petrel and my heart missed a beat. I shouted to everyone to get on this storm-petrel! (more…)