2011 Northern California … The Pelagic’s Part 3

Sea Lions

Sea Lions

I’m still working on pictures from the first day’s Pelagic.  I didn’t realize just how much we really saw the first day out.  If you click on the above picture it will make it bigger and clearer.  The crew said these guys were porpoising as there must have been tons of food.  In the picture are maybe 25 Sea Lions but the total group was closer to a couple hundred and there were many attendant birds as well.  What a thrilling sight for a Floridian!!!

Brown Booby

Brown Booby

Another bird that the crew made a big fuss over was this Brown Booby.  It is also one of the species they don’t see very often and this one was super cooperative and made quite a few passes near the boat!

Brown Booby

Brown Booby

I’ve been on some Pelagics off the coast of Florida and have seen both Parasitic and Pomeraine Jaegers so I was stoked to see a few Long-tailed Jaegers while out.  I think we saw some each day but this one made a really close pass!

Long-tailed Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

Here’s a different bird which actually has his central tail feathers!

Long-tailed Jaeger sporting his signicature tail streamer!

Long-tailed Jaeger sporting his signature tail streamer!

One of the more common species of birds we saw were the Shearwaters.  We had both Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters with us most of the time we were out.  You can see the main difference between these two is the bill color.  Often the weather … lack of sun and hazy, foggy conditions made it difficult to tell the slight differences in colors between the species as they hurtled by the boat so it was nice to find a bird on the water occasionally where you could take some time and study it.

Sooty Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater

Pink-foooted Shearwater

Pink-foooted Shearwater

We were fortunate to see a couple of species of Dolphins/Porpoise and some Humpback Whales.  I didn’t get any fabulous pictures of then breaching or anything like that but I did manage some ID images at least.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

Risso' Dolphin

Risso’s Dolphin

Pacific White-sided Dolphin

Pacific White-sided Dolphin

The last picture was taken on Sept 11th the last day of the Pelagic which had the best weather.  We also so Bottle-nose Dolphins and Pacific Right Whales.  So much to see and explore I can/will have to take 10-15 more trips to really get a good grasp of all that is out there.

Thanks for visiting!!!

 

 

 

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About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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