This morning we are approaching Ecuador. At 8 am the ship is approximately just north of Isla Lobodos de Tierra and between La Trampa and Bayovar, Peru heading toward La Castia, Peru. Seas are calm and skies are clear. It’ll be a warm day when the sun comes around our side of the ship this afternoon.
The highlights of the morning were dolphins. Large pods were appearing out from the ship. The first large pod consisted of 200-300 dolphins that were porpoising out near the horizon. As I scoped them from the promenade many of the guests walking the ship stopped by to look through the scope.
|Who says you can't digiscope from a moving boat?|
At 11 am I was back in my cabin and out on the balcony scoping birds. The previously-mentioned White-chinned Petrels and Sooty Shearwaters continued to appear in small flocks, while more of the Waved Albatrosses would be seen swimming on the water.
What appeared to be a shallow shoal out ½ mile from the ship turned out to be a monster pod of ~400 dolphins churning up the water as they jumped continuously. The size of this pod must’ve extended over 1/3 mile. Dozens more were breaching just in front of the ship and just out from where I stood, and I managed to catch several dolphins as they leaped and slapped the water with their bodies.
Activity died down by early afternoon when I couldn’t see any more birds on the waters. At 11:30 am we were near La Bocana, Peru and approximately 250 miles to Manta, Ecuador. We are to arrive in port at 8 am.
I have scheduled a bird tour of the Isle de Corazon, or heart-shaped island near the Galapagos. Should be awesome!