Photo: Cory's ShearwaterCagarros - Azorean Culture

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One natural attraction of the Azores that shouldn't be missed is the cagarro, a seabird that visits the beautiful cliffside coastal areas only in the summer months.

Also known as Cory's Shearwater, this bird feeds on shell fish and enjoys greeting the fishing boats, but it's most spectacular activities occur at night when flocks of them sweep overhead in long glides across the starry night skies, their white underparts reflecting whatever light is available. They seem to dance for each other, as well as for human observers, but it is their song that lingers most in the mind. Their unusual voices are happy sounds, inviting the listener's imagination to take flight and fly freely with them.

Cory's Shearwaters on the water

 

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