Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wednesday May 28, 2014

The wind was still blowing when we arrived at the dock this morning, and we headed offshore again trying to make it as far south as possible!  Tough feat today with the seas much larger since the wind had been blowing yesterday and then all night.  The star of the show today was the Black-capped Petrel.  Perhaps due to the new moon, or just the wind and weather, they were hungry!  On our first drift a dozen came arcing in to the boat at high rates of speed.  Over the day we saw almost a hundred individuals and were awestruck by their aerial displays!  We had good looks at Cory's & Audubon's Shearwaters plus Pomarine Jaeger & South Polar Skua.  By the end of the day, the winds were a bit calmer for the ride back to the dock.

Thanks to everyone who joined us today and to our leaders Todd McGrath, Bob Fogg, Dave Pereksta, and Tom Johnson.

Black-capped Petrel  95-96
Cory's Shearwater  12
Audubon's Shearwater  13
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  155-165
Leach's Storm-Petrel  3-4
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel  21-22
South Polar Skua  1
Pomarine Jaeger  2

Common Tern  2

Loggerhead  1

Excellent Black-capped Petrel photos!  (1st five by Bob Fogg)
 Two more by Tom Johnson
Cory's Shearwater (Bob Fogg)
Acrobatic Audubon's Shearwaer (Tom Johnson)
Leach's Storm-Petrel with Wilson's in the slick (Tom Johnson)
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (Bob Fogg)

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