In the world there are more than 400 species of birds that can be classified as marine and of these, a part are eminently pelagic: albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels and storm-petrels and it is in the Atlantic, Pacific and Antarctic oceans where they are more abundant. Since a few years ago, ornithologists especially interested in this kind of birds have the opportunity to enjoy the best routes to see them in several cruises dedicated especially to the observation of pelagic seabirds.
The Atlantic Odyssey begins its journey in the extreme south of South America and sails through the middle of the Atlantic to the Cape Verde Islands, passing through the islands of South Georgia and the much more remote Gough, Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and Ascension. The West Pacific Odyssey does the same starting from New Zealand and ending in Japan following New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and Micronesia and finally the Birding Down Under crosses the sub Antarctic islands of Macquarie, Campbell, Antipodes and Chatman, south of New Zealand.
They are all mythical names or even unknown to some, but they are treasured by the colonies of many of these birds, true wanderers of the oceanic waters, very difficult to see if it is not runing these extraordinary expeditions.
Rafa Armada, an expert ornithologist and experienced in many ornithological trips to the five continents, has had the opportunity to participate in these three cruises and, as a great photographer, has prepared an extraordinary collection of images of the most spectacular and attractive species that he has been finding.