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RE: [CALBIRDS] Sep 9, 2005 Trip Report

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  • Eric Preston
    I posted some photos from that most amazing day at sea here: http://www.ericwpreston.com/Cordell_20050909.html Peace, Eric Preston San Francisco, CA
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 10, 2005
      I posted some photos from that most amazing day at sea here:

      http://www.ericwpreston.com/Cordell_20050909.html

      Peace,
      Eric Preston
      San Francisco, CA
      eric@...

      -----Original Message-----
      From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of Debi Shearwater
      Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 10:20 PM
      To: calbirds@yahoogroups.com; pelagics@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [CALBIRDS] Sep 9, 2005 Trip Report

      HI there, Seabirders,

      I've just returned home from a fantastic marine extravaganza at Bodega
      Canyon & the Cordell Banks! Shearwater Journey's trip ventured out to this
      rich area at 7 am this morning, returning at 5 pm. The highlights included:
      5 species of shearwaters, including the first SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS of
      the season, and thousands of PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS feeding on baby
      sardines with spectacular lunge-feeding HUMPBACK WHALES! The show was quite
      unbelievable, and a sight that was repeated throughout the day. Shearwaters
      swarming in on multiples of humpbacks, their mouths gaping, exposing baleen
      and distended throat pleats, gulping balls of sardines. As many as half a
      dozen humpbacks, breaking the surface, with mouths open, shearwaters and
      gulls and white-sided dolphins and Northern right whale dolpins in a frenzy,
      eating the sardines not consumed by the gaping whales! In total, we recorded
      an amazing 62 humpback whales and 4200 pink-footed shearwaters. It was hard
      to know what to focus on, as so much was happening all at once. The whales
      would dive, and we would look at shearwaters. A FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER flew
      past the bow, another past the stern, giving all great views. A SHORT-TAILED
      SHEARWATER was eating sardines that had fallen out of the clasping mouths of
      the whales! Photographers were poised, and ready for the whales to surface
      any minute, and when they did<what a sight! Look for photos on our web site
      soon. The photographers are reviewing their images as I write this.

      The conditions were perfect<uniformly high overcast skies. The weather
      forecast had called for a windy day, but it never happened. Instead, the
      seas and wind declined throughout the day, making for a most pleasant
      journey.

      It was a non-stop show all day, continuous with all three species of
      jaegers, lots of SOUTH POLAR SKUAS, and at least some species of dolphin in
      view throughout the entire trip!

      The leaders on this trip were: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Don
      Doolittle, and Debra Shearwater. Special guest was Hadoram Shirihai.

      Our next trips from Bodega Bay are: Sep 16 and Oct 10 & 14. The Sep 25 trip
      is SOLD OUT. Our next trips from Fort Bragg are Sep 18 and Oct 16. Note that
      these trips combine very well with each other. Our next trips from Monterey
      are: Sep 11 (albacore-offshore), 12, 23, 24, 30; Oct 1, 2 (limited spaces
      available), 7, 8, 9 (albacore-offshore), 11, & 21.

      The species list for Friday, September 9, 2005 Bodega Canyon & Cordell Bank
      follows:

      RED-THROATED LOON-1
      PACIFIC LOON-1
      COMMON LOON-in the harbor
      EARED GREBE-3
      BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS-25
      NORTHERN FULMAR-3
      PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER-4200
      FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER-4
      BULLER'S SHEARWATER-75
      SOOTY SHEARWATER-2200
      SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER-2
      ASHY STORM-PETREL-15
      BROWN PELICAN-5 offshore, + in harbor
      BRANDT'S CORMORANT-10 offshore, + in harbor
      DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT-+ in harbor
      PELAGIC CORMORANT-1
      NORTHERN PINTAIL-46 OFFSHORE
      LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER-1 OFFSHORE
      BLACK OYSTERCATCHER-4 on the jetty
      BLACK TURNSTONE-2 offshore
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPE-50
      RED PHALAROPE-2
      SOUTH POLAR SKUA-20
      POMARINE JAEGER-10
      POMARINE/PARASITIC-1
      PARASITIC JAEGER-8
      LONG-TAILED JAEGER-6
      HEERMANN'S GULL-12
      CALIFORNIA GULL-200
      WESTERN GULL-400
      SABINE'S GULL-60
      COMMON TERN-7
      COMMON MURRE-300
      PIGEON GUILLEMOT-15
      CASSIN'S AUKLET-5
      RHINOCEROS AUKLET-200
      TUFTED PUFFIN-1
      LINCOLN'S SPARROW-1
      SAVANNAH SPARROW-2
      CALIFORNIA SEA LION-+
      STELLER'S SEA LION-6
      NORTHERN FUR SEAL-1
      NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL-1
      HARBOR SEAL-+
      HUMPBACK WHALE-62
      NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN-150
      RISSO'S DOLPHIN-9
      PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN-400+
      HARBOR PORPOISE-2
      DALL'S PORPOISE-22
      OCEAN SUNFISH-5
      BLUE SHARK-5

      Hope to see you out there!
      Shearwaters and humpbacks forever,
      Debi
      ---
      http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com
      Debi Shearwater <debiluv@...>
      Shearwater Journeys
      P.O. Box 190
      Hollister, CA 95024
      831-637-8527






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