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his 8 day voyage our of Durban, South Africa, will sail through the Indian Ocean towards the Prince Edward Islands group, comprising 2 small islands in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean. The islands are a declared Special Nature Reserve under South African Environmental Management and activities of the islands are restricted to research and conservation management.
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This 8 day voyage out of from Durban will sail through the Indian Ocean towards The Prince Edward Islands group, comprising two small islands in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean. The islands are a declared Special Nature Reserves under South African Environmental Management, and activities on the islands are restricted to research and conservation management.
FLOCK TO MARION
Arrival in Durban and board vessel
Days 2 to 7
Durban to Cape Town via Marion Island
Arrival in Cape Town and depart
Fairy Prion by Andrew Sutherland
The wildlife on Marion is particularly vulnerable to introduced species and has suffered terribly with introduced mice and cats. While cats are now believed to have been eradicated, mice are still a major problem. A portion of the fees paid for this trip will be donated to the Mouse Free Marion Project.
Over the course of the voyage, we expect to see a host of seabirds with highlights including Kerguelan, Blue and Grey Petrels; Grey-headed, Sooty, Light-mantled and Wandering Albatrosses; King, Gentoo, Macaroni and Southern Rockhopper Penguins; Fairy and Salvin’s Prions and Kerguelan Tern. Should we obtain permission to venture into the marine protected area around Marion Island, we should also find Crozet Shag and Black-faced Sheathbill. A number of marine mammals are also anticipated, with Southern Elephant and Subantarctic Fur Seals; Fin, Sperm, Humpback and Killer Whales, as well as Dusky Dolphin being amongst the most likely.
Wandering Albatross by Dušan Brinkhuizen
More than 40 bird tour leaders and guides will be onboard for the cruise, including many who are very good at their cetacean identification too. Peter Harrison MBE, author of Seabirds: An Identification Guide – considered the bible of seabird identification will also be onboard, during which time he will not only be guiding, but also release his new seabird identification guide.
Day 1: Arrival in Durban and board vessel. Today we commence our adventure by boarding our ship and home for the next 8 days. We set sail out of Durban, heading south east towards Marion Island.
Days 2 to 7: Durban to Cape Town via Marion Island. Over the next 6 days, we will spend our time birding from various decks as we head further south to Marion Island, and then north to Cape Town.
Cape Petrel by Forrest Rowland
We expect to see a number of pelagic birds and mammals, the below list giving an indication of the most likely species.
Good chances - Black-faced Sheathbill**, Grey-headed, Hartlaub's and Kelp Gulls; Greater Crested, Sandwich and Kerguelen Terns; Brown Skua; King Penguin; Wilson's and Black-bellied Storm Petrels; Wandering, Sooty, Black-browed, Shy, Grey-headed and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses; Southern Giant, Northern Giant, Great-winged, Soft-plumaged, Grey, White-chinned and Blue Petrels; Salvin's and Fairy Prions; Cory's, Sooty, Great and Common Diving Petrels; Cape Gannet; Cape Cormorant; Crozet Shag**. Subantarctic Fur and Southern Elephant Seals; Humpback Whale.
Moderate chances - Sabine's Gull; Common and Antarctic Terns; Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers; Gentoo, Southern Rockhopper, Macaroni and African Penguins; Light-mantled and Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatrosses; European Storm Petrel; Cape, Kerguelen and White-headed Petrels; Antarctic Prion; Subantarctic Shearwater. Antarctic Fur Seal; Sperm, Killer, Fin and Long-finned Pilot Whales;
Light-mantled Albatross by Dušan Brinkhuizen
Low chances - Lesser Crested and Arctic Terns; Long-tailed Jaeger; Grey-backed and White-bellied Storm Petrels; Southern Royaland Northern Royal Albatrosses; Leach's Storm Petrel; Southern Fulmar; Slender-billed Prion; Barau's, South Georgia Diving and Spectacled Petrels; Manx and Little Shearwaters; Crowned, Bank and White-breasted Cormorants. Heaviside's, Short-beaked Common, Hourglass and Bottlenose Dolphins; Southern Right, Common Minke, Sei and Bryde's Whales.
Very Low chances - White-faced Storm Petrel, Tristan and Amsterdam Albatrosses, Broad-billed Prion, Atlantic Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater. Southern Right Whale Dolphin; Blue Whale.
As we get closer to The Prince Edward Islands group, we can expect conditions to become rather cold and windy. Despite sitting within the south temperate zone at 46 degrees of latitude, Marion Island has a tundra climate. The islands lie directly in the path of eastward-moving depressions, meaning the weather is permanently cool and windy.Strong regional winds, known as the roaring forties blow almost every day of the year!
*These dates are provisional at present.
**At present, Birdlife has not obtained the necessary permission to enter the marine protected areas of Marion Island. These species would not be expected unless permission is gained.
Day 8: Arrival in Cape Town and depart. We expect to arrive back in port this morning, where we will disembark after a fabulous adventure.
FLOCK TO MARION SPECIAL NOTES:
• The Flock to Marion cruise aboard the MSC Opera is being operated by Birdlife South Africa. Rockjumper Birding Tours has reserved a number of cabins onboard, which along with a land-based sector, form the overall tour package. However, Rockjumper Birding Tours is not responsible for operating, guiding or co-ordinating any aspect or activity of the cruise itself.• The Flock to Marion cruise will have approximately 40 tour leaders and guides spread out on the ship. (ie: Guest to Tour Leader ratio of roughly 1:55.