Pelagic birds are sea birds. They rarely come to the coast, wind blown most often. I joined Keralabirder and Malabar Natural History Society team for a first ever pelagic survey off the coast of Kannur from Azhikal bay on 26 september 2010. We were around 20 birders in the team including Mike Prince, Sathyan Meppayur, K V Uthaman, Jaffar Palot, Praveen J and the rest.
We sailed on a small old fishing boat upto 30km from the coast. Ezhimala was visible even from that distance. In the beginning the sea caught me with its rocking waves and upturned my stomach. But I got used to the undulations soon.
We saw a number of pelagic birds including Arctic (Parasitic) Skua, Flesh -footed Shearwater, Lesser-crested Terns, Common Terns etc. Also saw sardine shoals moving around. Some butterflies and dragonflies like wandering gliders were also seen at the sea, perhaps on the way to Africa via Maldives.