Friday's highlight came just after 0900 when Brian spotted a flock of Black-capped Petrels on the water ahead of us. Leader Ed Corey, up in the bow pulpit, spotted a dark gadfly on the edge of the flock... And as they flushed, a dark morph Trindade Petrel picked up from the water and flew right towards the boat! It came in low, flew right down the starboard side, and away, no amount of chum would bring it back, but we had an excellent view (photo Kate Sutherland).
Thank you to Ed Corey for helping Brian and I lead these trips and contributing photos, and thank to also to David Miller for organizing and bringing a group with us on Friday's trip!
Species List June 28 / 29
Trindade Petrel - 1 / 0
Black-capped Petrel - 20 / 21
Cory's Shearwater - 5 / 5
Scopoli's Shearwater - 6 to 7 / 3
Cory's type - 26 / 29
Great Shearwater - 40 to 42 / 34
Audubon's Shearwater - 18 / 15
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 45 to 50 / 60 to 65
Leach's Storm-Petrel - 0 / 6
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel - 10 to 12 / 22 to 25
Sooty Tern - 6 / 0
Bridled Tern - 1 / 0
Long-tailed Jaeger - 0 / 1
Risso's Dolphin - 0 / 12
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin - 8 to 9 / 0
Bottlenose Dolphin (offshore) - 40 to 45 / 0
Bottlenose Dolphin (coastal) - 0 / 30
Gervais' Beaked Whale - 0 / 4
Dorsal view of the Trindade Petrel (Kate Sutherland)
The Risso's Dolphins were a treat, there were some young individuals in this pod! We haven't seen this species in a couple of years. Top photo by Ed Corey showing the scarring on and adult, blunt head shape seen in the middle photo by Kate Sutherland, and the diagnostic dorsal fin shape is seen well in the bottom photo by Kate Sutherland. Also called Gray Grampus
Atlantic Spotted Dolphins put on quite a show inshore of the shelf break on Friday morning!! (Kate Sutherland)
And because we just cannot resist photos of these Mesoplodon europaeus...here is a small photo gallery:
top photo showing the erupted teeth of the one male individual, bottom and individual without teeth showing - likely a female, though young males do not show these teeth until they are mature (photos by Ed Corey).
The following photos are all by Brian Patteson. Showing how close they came to us! Pictured is Murray Scott of Australia who is birding with John Weigel for a few weeks here in the US. Incredible to watch these whales for so long!
Here you can see the scaring of the male individual - which look to be marks from a shark! Not another male.
A nice view of three surfacing
A female with the male swimming below
Gorgeous head on view
And a view, tail end, of one of the females on her back, showing her tail flukes (Kate Sutherland). While it is not easy to see in this image, there is another whale below her.
And the flyingfishes...well, there were a lot of them out there over these two days! Here are a couple of images (Kate Sutherland)