Wednesday, 30 April 2008

30th April 2008 Petropavlosk, Kamchatka

Pre-dawn arrival at Petropavlosk, Kamchatka. Calm and dry. Took a morning boat trip around Avancha Bay and it was so good we stayed aboard for the afternoon trip.

Pelagic Cormorant 5
Red-faced Cormorant 50 ex.
Mallard 2
Scaup 8
Steller's Eider 150 ex.
Harlequin Duck 50 ex.
Long-tailed Duck 500 ex.
Black Scoter 5
Stejneger's Scoter 3
Steller's Sea-Eagle 3 ex.
Black-headed Gull 50
Slaty-blacked Gull 500
Kittiwake 500
Guillemot 5
Pigeon Guillemot 30
Spectacled Guillemot 1 s/p ex.
Ancient Murrelet 15 ex.
Tufted Puffin 1
Feral Pigeon 1
Magpie 2
Carrion Crow 10

Petropavlosk Harbour

Steller's Sea-Eagle greeting our arrival at the entrance to the harbour

Immature Steller's Sea-Eagle at Petropavlosk

Long-tailed Ducks at Petropavlosk

Steller's Eiders at Petropavlosk

Red-faced Cormorant at Petropavlosk

Slaty-backed Gulls at Petropavlosk

Slaty-backed Gull colony at Petropavlosk

Pigeon Guillemots at Petropavlosk

Spectacled Guillemot at Petropavlosk

Ancient Murrelets at Petropavlosk

Problems raising the anchor denied us the chance of sailing out of Petropavlosk in daylight but did ensure we could enjoy the increasingly colourful sunset surrounded by the Petropavlosk volcanoes