Offshore birdwatching from Baltimore
Baltimore's location in the far south of West Cork with open ocean to the south and west makes it an ideal starting point for pelagic trips. Nearby Cape Clear is a natural convergence point for migration routes between the Celtic Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The area is frequented by numerous pelagic species including the larger shearwaters, petrels and skuas, some of them in very large numbers, as they round the southern tip of Ireland.
As well as all the more usual sea birds, common sightings from Baltimore depending on season include
- Sooty shearwater
- Great shearwater
- Cory's shearwater
- European storm petrel
- Great skua
- Arctic skua
- Grey phalarope
Less regular but possible sightings include
- Sabine's gull
- Pomarine skua
- Long-tailed skua
- Wilson's petrel
- Leach's petrel
- Fea's petrel
- Blue fulmar
Chum is used to draw birds to the boat where they can be seen close up. Trips are also a chance to see whales,dolphins, sharks, turtles or other marine animals.
Fast modern 35 ft (10.5 m) charter boat with a full 30-mile offshore licence for up to 12 passengers. Outside and inside seating, flush toilet. Complimentary tea and coffee. Comprehensive safety equipment including lifejackets, liferaft, ship-to-shore radio, GPS, radar etc. The skipper has been in the job for more than 30 years and is a birdwatcher himself able to share his knowledge of the area with you.
4-hour charter rate € 350 (maximum 12 persons)
The above is the standard rate for groups of any number up to 12 persons. Depending on circumstances it is sometimes possible for individuals to join an existing group. Groups can be picked up at other points by arrangement.
Tel. 086-824 0642
For more information about Baltimore visit www.baltimore.ie
Images from recent pelagics courtesy of Avescapes Travels
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