Fratercula arctica  ·  Atlantic Puffin

Datum 24 januari 2023
Locatie Punta del Hidalgo (Tenerife), Canary Islands
Fotograaf Rubén Barone Rubén Barone
Bekeken 1874 ×


Rob van Bemmelen  ·  26 januari 2023  13:19

Thanks for sharing, Rubén! This die-off is apparently not restricted to the Canaries, but has also been reported in Portugal and NW Spain, unfortunately... See this tweet. From what I can see, this wreck involves many adults, which is of course very worrisome.

Is there anyone recording this systematically, Rubén? See also the recommendations by Francis Daunt: important to record at least the ages (photograph bills) and look for rings. Beware of HPAI: do not touch the dead or dying birds!

Are more seabird species involved?

Michel de Lange  ·  26 januari 2023  13:41

En in Madeira   Gr M. 

Rubén Barone  ·  26 januari 2023  13:50

Hi again.

Thanks for the response, Rob.

At the moment there is a good team of people on almost all the islands (ornithologists, naturalists, wardens, etc.) recording and taking the birds to our special rescue centers for their study and (if the birds are alive) recovering, and there is a database with the records of all the beached birds arrived to the archipelago. As you said, one of the most astonishing things is that there are many adults.  

Best regards from the Canaries. 

Rubén Barone  ·  26 januari 2023  14:33

And regarding other bird species beached in the islands, there are only scattered reports of some Black-legged Kittiwakes, but in low numbers.

Best regards. 

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