As May 19 and the beginning of our 2012 Spring Season nears, we thought it would be a good time to post some photos from last year's Spring Blitz. Thank you to Steve N. G. Howell for putting together the following photos to share! We hope to post daily reports again this spring.
Black-capped Petrel & Fea's Petrel
Fea's Petrel; we saw six last spring
Our Gulf Stream specialty, the Black-capped Petrel
juvenile Black-capped Petrel, a rare sighting!
Cory's Shearwater; seen on each trip, but not in the numbers often found later in the summer
Great Shearwaters started showing up in early June
Sooty Shearwaters were seen daily on the first few trips
Audubon's Shearwaters did not seem to be as numerous in recent years
A Great Shearwater with some Wilson's Storm-Petrels in the slick
Wilson's Storm-Petrels with a Leach's Storm-Petrel
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, not molting
juvenile Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
White-tailed Tropicbirds were seen on 5 spring trips!
A young Red-billed Tropicbird was seen on June 5
Masked Booby (June 1)
This first winter Glaucous Gull was at the dock as we departed on May 21!
Bridled Terns are often common in the summer months, but we did see a handful in the spring.
Roseate Tern that followed us on June 1
Black-skimmers are usually seen while motoring out to the inlet...
South Polar Skua; we had six last spring
South Polar Skua
1st summer Pomarine Jaeger
Gervais Beaked Whale
We encountered cooperative groups of False Killer Whales on May 29 & June 6
Atlantic Spotted Dolphins were seen on 5 of the spring 2011 trips
The extremely photogenic flying fish of the Gulf Stream and its' eddies:
& some Mahi mahi for dinner...