05 September 2015

Close encounter with a shearwater

At his time of the year, hundreds of Scopoli's shearwaters Calonectris diomedea populate the Gulf of Corinth, often associating with schools of Atlantic bonito Sarda sarda feeding at the surface.

During navigation in search for dolphins, it is wonderful to watch shearwaters fly near the inflatable, while they search for prey a few centimeters above the sea surface.

Yesterday one of these birds flew so close that she almost touched the boat with her long wings.

(Photo by S. Bonizzoni)

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