Joe Pender Wildlife Photography

Friday, 22 July 2016

Thursday 21st Pelagic

Cory Shearwaters
 Out of the 33 Cory Shearwaters we saw last night this bird  stood out because of its relatively slender body, slimmer bill, and whitish tongues to the outer primaries. The make up of the whitish tongues could not be determined from the moving boat. (In our experience, the make up of tongues in the outer three primaries can be determined at sea given favourable conditions: steady boat, good light, close views, repeat looks at underwings.) Joe took a few photos and, although the lighting wasn't great on the underwings, these reveal whitish tongues on the inner webs of P9 and P8, as well as a single dark spot on the outermost greater primary covert. The build of this bird and the single dark spot are more typical of Scopoli's. Crucially, though, P10 does not have a whitish tongue and seems to score 4 according to current research:

Great Shearwaters  21.07.16 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A selection of photos from the last few day's

Blue Fulmar

                                                                Balearic Shearwater

Great Skua

A Sooty Shearwater with a flock of Manx Shearwaters 

Manx Shearwaters

Sooty Shearwaters
The Bonnie and Blue Fulmar were from Mondays Pelagic trip and the rest from Tuesdays  trip to the Northern Rocks on which I encountered 1000+ Manx Shearwaters 16+ Sooty Shearwaters and 6+ Balearic Shearwaters.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Cory Shearwaters

On Mondays Pelagic trip we saw 35+ Cory Shearwaters .
This species breeds on Madeira, the Azores and the Berlengas Archipelago in Portugal and the Canary Islands in Spain. They nest on open ground or among rocks or less often in a burrow where one white egg is laid. The burrow is visited at night to minimise predation from large gulls. In late summer and autumn, most birds migrate into the Atlantic as far north as the south-western coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. They return to the Mediterranean in February. The biggest colony is located in Savage Islands, Madeira.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Ben Fogle & Countrywise

I spent yesterday afternoon with Ben Fogle & the countrywide team to film Blue Sharks at sea before and after there release, here are a few photos from the days filming.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Monday Nights Pelagic

The Ocean Sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish in the world,it has an average adult weight of between 247and 1000kg, Sunfish live on a diet consisting mainly of jellyfish , because this diet is nutritionally poor they consume large amounts to develop and maintain their bulk.

Wilsons Petrel
Wilsons storm petrel is one of the most abundant bird species in the world and has a circumpolar distribution mainly in the seas of the southern hemisphere but extending northwards during the summer of the northern hemisphere .

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

1st Summer Sabines Gull

Sabine's Gull is an unusual and distinctive arctic gull that breeds at high latitudes but winters near the tropics. A striking bird in all plumages with a bold upper wing pattern, long pointed wings, a notched tail, and a short black bill with a yellow tip.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016