Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday June 3, 2012

The fresh northwest wind continued, making for a pleasant ride out when we could stand at the bow and watch flyingfish shoot ahead of the boat. Birds were relatively slow today, but Wilson's Storm-Petrels showed well, with both fresh young birds not yet in wing molt and older birds well into wing molt. The 'Band-rumped Storm-Petrels' today were both in wing molt, presumably from the winter-breeding population known as Grant's Storm-Petrel. Black-capped Petrels made the occasional pass and in mid-morning a Manx Shearwater made a brief but close pass in good light and was enjoyed by all. The highlight of the day for some was a group of about 30 flying squid that shot out from the water to gasps of surprise. These little-known denizens of the tropical deep oceans are rarely seen and more rarely photographed. Today's group was too fast for the cameras, but below for kicks is an image of flying squid Steve Howell captured last year in the tropical Pacific.

Black-capped Petrel   10
Cory's Shearwater   33
Great Shearwater   1
Manx Shearwater   1
Audubon's Shearwater   14
Wilson's Storm-Petrel   175
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel   2

heading out in the morning...
 Cory's Shearwater

 Cory's Shearwater & Wilson's Storm-Petrel
 Wilson's Storm-Petrel
 Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (prob. Grant's)
 SNGH flying squid in the tropical Pacific

1 comment:

  1. Hello, I am possibly interested in using your photo of a flying squid in a television program for the Discovery program. Please email me at Thanks!