Zino’s Petrels are back to its breeding grounds!
It is always a celebration for us to go up to the mountains at night, in the beginning of April, to hear and see the silhouettes of Zino’s Petrels Pterodroma madeira! Though last year’s number of chicks fledging was not good at all, with only 7 chicks fledging from the known breeding areas (Frank Zino, 2012), we sure hope that 2013 will be a much better year!
This year we visited the area twice already and on both nights we heard several calls (more than 200 calls) and could see a few birds on the later visit. So the good thing is that these rare seabirds are back to their breeding area and Wind Birds opened its Zino’s Petrel Night Expeditions for 2013.