Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday May 28, 2012

Well, it was an unprecedented day offshore with the same number of rare gadfly petrels and Black-capped Petrels ~ ZERO!  While there was a report of a distant Black-capped Petrel, it was just that, distant.  The seas were much more comfortable today than they have been with just slight (3-4 ft) seas, a lot of sun, and just a bit of wind.  Audubon's Shearwaters were the highlight of the day with more than 50 seen!  We also had nice Cory's Shearwaters and at least 2 Great Shearwaters plus some quick moving Sooties.

Cory's Shearwater   66
Great Shearwater   2
Sooty Shearwater   2
Audubon's Shearwater   86-88
Wilson's Storm-Petrel   50+
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel   3
Leach's Storm-Petrel   2
Parasitic Jaeger   2
Pomarine Jaeger   4
jaeger sp.   2

Cuvier's Beaked Whale   1

Feeding Cory's Shearwater (Nate Dias)

Audubon's Shearwater (Dave Shoch)

Common Terns (3 photos ~ Steve Howell)

 Cuvier's Beaked Whale (Dave Shoch)

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