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seabirdwatching potential new ferry route between Eemshaven NL and Kristiansand NO (1 Viewer)

kb57

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Europe
What are the best scheduled ferry services worldwide for pelagic birding? The only one I've taken that was especially notable was the now defunct Kushiro - Tokyo service, which was truly epic (3 species of albatross including 2,500 Laysan, 8 species of alcid, Fork-tailed Storm Petrel etc, plus many sea ducks, divers, Steller's Sea Eagle etc inshore. All for £80.

The ferry to the Ogasawara islands must be up there too, although not cheap. Alaska Marine Highway to Dutch Harbor?
Izu islands to Tokyo is pretty good - the 3 albatross species including lots of short-tailed, 1000s of streaked shearwater and a sadly unidentifiable dark-rumped storm-petrel when I did it. Not too expensive either if you don't mind roughing it a bit on the overnight outward leg.
 

MJB

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What are the best scheduled ferry services worldwide for pelagic birding?
Those between North and South Island of New Zealand can accumulate lengthy sighting lists, but perhaps our Antipodean members can comment on seasonality and the effect of wind directions?MJB
 

Andrew Whitehouse

Professor of Listening
Staff member
Supporter
Scotland
Izu islands to Tokyo is pretty good - the 3 albatross species including lots of short-tailed, 1000s of streaked shearwater and a sadly unidentifiable dark-rumped storm-petrel when I did it. Not too expensive either if you don't mind roughing it a bit on the overnight outward leg.
Oarai to Tomakomai is also very good, albeit probably not as good as the old Kushiro thread mentioned earlier. I had Short-tailed and Laysan Albatrosses, lots of skuas and a good selection of auks when doing it in December a couple of years ago.
 

HouseCrow

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oops....I notice only now that this thread has been going on for a bit longer... Nice.
Scanning your posts I gather it is not very worthwile taking the ferry. I am spoiled with the 5 orso ferrytrips I took in Japan. I regret so much (as many of us do I believe) that I did not take a proper camera with me on my first trip on the Japan Sea. I did see Rhinoceros Auklet but it is only a memory....
Also the two return trips I took to the Izu Islands were a great experience but seabirds were scarce to very scarce the first time (end of may) and rather plentyful in the galeforce winds in march last year...resulting in no more than a few shots of -lucky me- at least all three Albatross species in the area.
I'll come back to the thread and reply properly if need be.

My march 2020 return trip between Tokyo and Hachijojima (departure 22.30, arrival 09.00) cost about 170 Euros for the return ticket 2nd class. I spent just about every waking hour outside (dry, sheltered from the heavy winds in between the two decks of the ship. The light was terrible to rotten due to the heavy gale winds.

I have not finished uploading my near rubbish photos yet.. but I did get to see these...which made me very happy.
Along with hundreds of Streaked Shearwater, an occasional skua and a few Kittiwake... I hope to find some more gems in my photos but sofar not much else has popped up)

cheers,
H
 
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pbjosh

missing the neotropics
Switzerland
As several have mentioned, the various options out of Tokyo must be among the best or the outright best.

I took the Ogasawara ferry about 10 years ago in April and it was mind boggling. I was a more novice seabirder then but still photographed / ID’d a lot. Three albatross species, Bonin Petrel, Matsudaira’s SP, Japanese Murrelet, and just silly numbers of Streaked, Short-tailed, Sooty, and Wedge-tailed SW, Tristram’s SP, more alcids, Jaegers, etc. A probable Kermedec Petrel and some small B&W Shearwaters that were too distant to assign to Bannerman’s vs Bryan’s…
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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