Azores Islands Birding with Marine Biologists
A leisurely paced half-day Azores Birdwatching Marine Trip with marine biologists and naturalists that's available daily. It offers a unique opportunity to explore hidden places to observe sea birds and capture wild behaviour in coastal colonies from out at sea, with incredible ocean views.
Each year, thousands of seabirds come to the Azores to nest, raising their young in the relative safety and shelter of its cliffs and crags. The expert naturalists accompanying you on this Azores birdwatching marine trip can give insight into how different species know when it’s time to nest, how immature birds determine the location to raise their offspring and what methods scientists use to learn more about these beautiful creatures. Due to the secluded and inaccessible nature of these nesting sites, there is no better vantage point to observe their behaviour than from the ocean.
The Azores islands are a volcanic archipelago that sit on an oceanic plateau called the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which forms a continuous mountain range from Greenland to West Africa. The archipelago is comprised of nine islands, three of which – Terceira, São Jorge and Graciosa – have been identified as world heritage sites by UNESCO.
The islands are home to the largest known colonies of Cory’s Shearwater, while other common breeding species are Barolo Shearwaters, Common and Roseate Terns, Yellow-legged Gulls, Bulwer’s Petrels, Wilson’s and Madeiran Storm-petrels, as well as unexpected surprises such as Bridled or Sooty Terns. Although they do not breed on the islands, other common sights are Great Shearwater and Leach’s Storm-petrels, Manx and Sooty Shearwaters, vagrant Northern Gannets, Arctic, Pomarine and Great Skuas, and shorebirds such as Buzzards, Turnstones, Sanderlings, Canaries, Little Egrets, Wagtails and Whimbrels.
Our professional guides are passionate about marine birds and they can't wait to share their enthusiasm. They will educate you on how to be a better birder, teach you how to identify different species and guide you in finding them throughout your Azores birdwatching marine trip. If you’re looking for a laid-back experience filled with interesting tidbits, fun facts and lots of laughs, you’ve come to the right place.
Azores Birdwatching Marine Trip highlights include:
- The opportunity to observe hidden and inaccessible nesting areas and natural behaviour
- Visiting the world's largest known colony of Cory’s Shearwaters, plus many other rare and unusual species
- Insight from marine biologists and naturalists into the Azores' abundant birdlife and ecology
- A relaxing marine trip with magnificent ocean views
If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Azores Whale Watching & Islet Boat Tour has to offer.
Alternative Tour Name: Marine Birdwatching Expedition in the Azores