Tag Archives: Wildlife

Mangrove Swamp

Spanish Water is a sheltered lagoon in Curacao surrounded by mangroves, a carribbean “hurrican hole”. Orincoco is stationed there this summer. Many small mangrove trees, growing in brackish water, are nearby. It is easy to spot a lot of animals there, including Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets (Silberreiher). They are resting there after a day of hunting. Bare eyed pigeons (Nacktaugentaube) are also common.

Mangroves-Bird-2052
Mangroves-Bird-1869
Mangroves-Bird-1616
Mangroves-Bird-1858
Mangroves-Bird-2009
Mangroves-Bird-2021.jpg

Herons and Crabs

The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta, Seidenreiher) feeds in the tidal wetlands of Rabat’s city river Bouregreg , but also does not hesitate to search food in the city garbage

herons-7597

During low tide fiddler crabs (Uca pugilator, Sandfiedlerkrabbe) abandon their holes in the muddy wetlands. They ingest particless of mud. Males have one extra large pincer.crab-7565

crab-7573

crab-7575

crab-7583

Atlantic Ocean Wildlife

We did again encounter bottlenose dolphins (Tümmler) – a school of thirty or more followed us for half an hour.  Only few species of birds visit the sailor on the open ocean, a hundred miles or more away from land. One of those are Cory’s Shearwater (Puffinus diomedea, Sepiasturmtaucher). They breed on land, but live on the ocean. As in North France, Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus, Basstölpel) occasionally showed up. By the way, it was a brilliant passage from Rabat, Morocco to the Canary Islands. Good winds, moderate atlantic swell and four dark nights without moon, but with a clear sky and the milky way.dolphin-7968-3

dolphin-7969

dolfin-8125

Cory’s Shearwater (Puffinus diomedea, Sepiasturmtaucher):Sepiasturmtaucher-8342

Sepiasturmtaucher-8343

Sepiasturmtaucher-8344

Sepiasturmtaucher-8409

Sepiasturmtaucher-8427

Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus, Basstölpel):basstölpel-8195basstölpel-8203

basstölpel-8206

How to swallow a fish?

See gulls do not only follow fishing boats looking for the left overs (link), but they also know how to catch their own fish. This yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis, Mittelmeermöve), observed in Rabat, however, encountered a problem. It caught a rather large fish. Fish should be swallowed head first always.

Mittelmeermöve-7626Mittelmeermöve-7627Mittelmeermöve-7628Mittelmeermöve-7672Mittelmeermöve-7686Mittelmeermöve-7687

Cormorants

Cormorants (Kormorane) are fish-eaters and excellent divers, some have been found to dive as deep as 45 metres. They have relatively short wings due to their need for economical movement underwater, and consequently have the highest flight costs of any flying bird. These were observed at the Islands of Cies, National Park Galicia, but they range around the world, except for the central Pacific islands. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cormorant)

cormoranes-6523

cormoranes-6466

cormoranes-6620

cormoranes-6595

cormoranes-6831