Pelagic Birding Excursion
Few people realise that there is a whole new world of strange and wonderful birds just a few miles off shore of Namibia's beaches. The pelagic birds here rarely approach land, except at their remote and isolated breeding locations scattered around the Southern Atlantic Ocean. A pelagic birding excursion aboard our powered catamaran Silvermoon to the continental shelf, between 20 and 25 nautical miles west of Walvis Bay, often rewards the visitor with an incredible density of pelagic birds. The abundance of pelagic birds reaches its climax during the winter months of May, June and July when southern breeding birds visit these nutrient-rich waters. Whether it is summer or winter, you will not be disappointed. Birds likely to be seen include several species of Albatrosses, Petrels, Skuas, Prions, Fulmars and Gulls.
We depart from our offices at the Walvis Bay Waterfront at 08h00 on our powered catamaran and head out of the bay offshore in a westerly direction. During the two-hour ride, while sipping hot coffee and tea, we pass Pelican Point with its landmark lighthouse and 60,000 resident seals, and may encounter Bottlenose, Heaviside and Dusky dolphins, Mola, Leatherback Turtle or even a Southern Right Whale or two… We spend about two hours at 20 to 25 nautical miles offshore, where even the casual birder is bound to see a sprinkling of Cape Cormorant, Cape Gannet, White-chinned Petrel and Sooty Shearwater, Shy and Black-browed Albatrosses, with regular appearances made by Sub-Antarctic Skua, Northern and Southern Giant Petrels, Yellow-nosed Albatross, Wilson's Storm Petrel and Broad-Billed Prion. Our pelagic birding expert will point out and explain sightings.
During our journey back to the waterfront, lunch consisting of oysters, a variety of savoury snacks and desserts, accompanied by sparkling wine, light drinks, cooldrinks and water are served. We arrive back at the Waterfront at 13h00.