Saturday Alvaro had a few more participants onboard, more eyes for spotting! The day started out quite slow and we ended up not relocating the Red-billed Tropicbird, plus, no Leach's Storm-Petrels were seen on Saturday. We did, however, have an excellent day for the charismatic megafauna as Brian would say! A pod of Cuvier's Beaked Whales showed well just about a mile from where we saw them on Friday. George spotted a huge Leatherback Turtle right next to the boat just before we pulled in the chum and began to motor toward the inlet in the afternoon! This individual stayed on the surface long enough for most aboard to see its "leathery" back. As we headed home, I spotted some False Killer Whales pushing water ahead of us and these creatures put on quite a show to end the day! They were bow riding and we could hear them even when they were not in view - something we have noted before when they have been cooperative and engaged with us. I wish I had gotten some underwater video when they were under the pulpit, but I waited too long and the murky waters made the one Pseudorca I did capture a bit blurry. We know for next time! At least their sounds were captured!
A big thank you to Alvaro for chartering us for these trips, his website is here: http://alvarosadventures.com/ and he should have his trip lists, etc. posted before long! Thanks also to George Armistead for coming along to help out - it's always nice to see him! Last, but most importantly, thanks to everyone who decided to join us offshore! It was a great experience!
Species seen include: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's, Great, Manx, and Audubon's Shearwaters, Wilson's, Leach's, and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Bridled, Royal, and Black Terns (offshore) Other marine life included: Offshore Bottlenose Dolphin, Cuvier's Beaked Whales, Beaked Whale sp., False Killer Whales, Leatherback Turtle, and a few species of Flying Fish - including the Oddspot Midgett, Atlantic Patchwing, and Rosy-veined Clearwing.
My 300mm lens has been on the blitz since early this spring. I took some photos this weekend with Brian's 100-400, but they are not quite what I had hoped! Here are a few...
Cory's Shearwater - a definite Atlantic Cory's here
A Cory's type Shearwater with more white in the underprimaries
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, two photos of the same molting individual. We did have at least one or two fresh birds over the couple of trips.
A young Common Tern taking off that we found sitting on the water!
Two shots of the Cuvier's Beaked Whales
Observing the False Killer Whales (Pseudorca crassidens) at the end of the day on Saturday!