Eventually the Black-capped Petrels put in an appearance at the slick, making close passes to the delight of the photographers on board.
Wilson's Storm-petrel numbers were steadily building, and it wasn't long before the first Leach's and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels were sighted. The numbers weren't high, but the quality of looks was excellent, with several very close approaches in the slick. A beautiful sub-adult Pomarine Jaeger stayed with the boat on and off for a couple of hours, occasionally being driven off by Black-capped Petrels, in a reversal of roles.
Our search for birds was interrupted briefly by a pod of Offshore Bottlenosed Dolphins who surrounded the boat and did a bit of bow riding, their whistles and clicks could be heard by those in the bow pulpit. The marine mammal show continued with a breaching Gervais' Beaked Whale. Three quick leaps and the whale was gone. several lucky photographers caught the jumps, not easy to do.
As we headed for home, a very large whale breached once behind the boat, but was not seen well enough to identify.
It was a smooth ride back to the dock, and a very pleasant day at sea. No rare birds, but that's why they are rare!
A warm welcome to my niece, Hazel Elizabeth Scott, who was born last night (May 29) at 2305! 6 pounds 15 ounces & 21 inches - hopefully she'll be out with us on her birthday in the coming years! (Kate)
Black-capped Petrel 35
Cory's Shearwater 52
Sooty Shearwater 4
Audubon's Shearwater 48
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 215-235
Leach's Storm-Petrel 2
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 6
Oceanodroma sp. 1
Bridled Tern 1 adult
Pomarine Jaeger 1
Royal Tern 1
Barn Swallow 1
Bottlenose Dolphin 17
Gervais' Beaked Whale 1
Black-capped Petrel, white faced individual (Bob Fogg)
Black-capped Petrel, white faced & dark faced (two photos Tom Johnson)
Our Pomarine Jaeger (Bob Fogg)
same individual (Tom Johnson)
Breaching Gervais' Beaked Whale (Tom Johnson)
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tom Johnson)