Sea Birding & Bird Watching in Azores
… great variety of birds at good distance for capturing quality photos on the rocky outcroppings offshore, as well as seabird colonies on the water.
… passion, fascinating information, commitment to sustainability and the environment, always with a sense of humor! I loved every minute!
Amazing trip. Well organised with Land based lookouts guiding the boat. Knowledgeable and lovely tour guide. Definitely a must do.
Great experience!!! Very fair people who only go out when the chance is almost 100% for spotting animals.
The team at Terra Azul are knowledgeable and expert in their field. Trips are well organised and value for money.
… couldn’t ask for a better experience enjoying nature and conservation efforts to protect and respect these ocean creatures. Will never forget this tour.
Approximately 3 hours
SeaBird Lookouts inland
See Rare Bird Species
Free Islet Round Tour
A marine birding expedition, in the search for the season’s diversity of Sea Birds and Shore Birds in mid-atlantic bird watching paradise!
The day starts with a short informative briefing introducing to local species, resident and endemic, migratory, breeding and behavioral patterns, and onboard safety.
Everyone will follow the Guide and Skipper to their designated boat. Our lookout high inland will help locate our friends, and provide directions via VHF Radio to where the boat will travel initially at high speed. While carefully approaching viewing distance to our friends your Guide will always keep you informed.
Many Birds find oasis in the Azores Islands to breed and raise chicks, or as on-route refuge – birds can be observed yearlong, peaking in Spring with the arrival of migratory species, and in Autumn with an undisputed wealth of rare american vagrants.
It is the largest known colonies of Cory’s Shearwater and Roseate Terns. Other commonly sighted species are Barolo Shearwater, Common Terns, and Yellow legged Gulls, occasionally Bulwer’s Petrel, Grant’s Storm-petrel, and Monteiro’s Storm-petrel, and unexpected surprises Bridled Terns and Sooty Terns.
Migratory non-breeding Great Shearwater, and Leach’s Storm-petrel can be regularly observed, as well as Manx Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, and vagrant Arctic Skuas, Pomarine Skuas, and Great Skuas, possibly Little Egret and Turnstones, and surprise rarities.
Upon return to the Marina, the boat will tour around the Princess Ring Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, for a close look at the volcanic marvel and residing colonies.
We recommend you to eat light, and bring your personal water supply, sunscreen and chap-stick for the Sun, and warm clothing since temperatures may vary. Light food is permitted onboard, a Camera with Zoom is essential, specially for photography lovers, and Binoculars are recommended. Please protect any personal equipment.
This tour is inappropriate and inadvisable to anyone pregnant, with weak back, in wheelchair, in delicate health conditions, or under the age of 4.