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Repositioning Cruise: intriguing dark pterodroma, Sh-tld Albatross, Brown Booby

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  • Barbara Carlson
    David Sonneborn and Norm Budnitz just completed a short repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego aboard a Holland America cruise ship. On 2 October
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2012
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      David Sonneborn and Norm Budnitz just completed a short repositioning cruise
      from Vancouver to San Diego aboard a Holland America cruise ship. On 2
      October they were in deep water well off southern Oregon and northern
      California, and on 3 October they were off central/southern California.

      Off
      southern Oregon they had an immature SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS with a
      Laysan and numbers of Black-foots. Will get exact location later.

      Off Mendocino County CA, also on the 2nd, they had:

      DARK
      PTERODROMA SP.:  this intriguing bird came right close to the boat for
      over a minute, doing up-and-down rollercoaster arcing, with no flaps at
      all for virtually the entire time. They noted a pale 'patch' on the
      upperwing and a double light 'flash' on the underwing. They thought it
      best fit KERMADEC Petrel, though a couple other species (Solander's??)
      might also be a possibility. Unfortunately, they did not obtain photos,
      so the bird will presumably remain an "intriguing dark pterodroma."
      Written field notes are available. Location was 39 46.105 N, 124 44.824
      W.

      BROWN BOOBY:  an adult landed on the bow of the boat (!) also off Mendocino County on 2 Oct @  39 41.270 N, 124 44.824 W.

      In
      CA waters they had lots of Buller's Shearwaters, one Flesh-foot, 5
      South Polar Skuas off s. CA, very few storm-petrels, and a wayward
      OSPREY that landed on the boat on 3 Oct far offshore between Santa Rosa
      Island and the San Juan Seamount (33 23.415 N, 120 28.641 W). Birdlife
      was "spotty," with some stretches with lots of birds and some stretches
      with very few.

      Next repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, also on Holland America, to be attended by Lehman and Carlson, is from 23-27 October.

      --Paul Lehman, San Diego

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