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  • Terry Hunefeld
    Greetings A Red-footed Booby landed on on the live-aboard fishing boat Grande in Mexican waters just south of Ensenada on the eve of 28 SEP and departed into
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 29, 2008
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      A Red-footed Booby landed on on the live-aboard fishing boat Grande
      in Mexican waters just south of Ensenada on the eve of 28 SEP and
      departed into the skies of Point Loma on the morning of 29 September.
      Photos are are posted at:


      The story of the discovery of the booby:
      If you are not a subscriber to SDBirds, the SDBirds posting is
      reposted below following my signature.

      For information about the nearly sold out Buena Vista Audubon's
      Saturday's Day trip on Grande (6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - $65 -- 3 tickets
      available) to the Coronados Islands, visit:

      Leaders/Spotters on the day trip: Todd McGrath, Guy McCaskie, Paul
      Lehman, Dave Povey, Matthew Sadowski, Chum Master Wes Fritz, Jon
      Feenstra, Mark J. Billings and Dave Pereksta

      I've received several emails about what to wear and how to prepare
      for the day trip and the overnight trip. Visit:

      As it says on the website, we never know what the weather will be. I
      personally will bring rain gear and fleece layers, with my rain
      jacket doubling as a wind breaker over fleece if it's chilly and or
      in the mornings. I will also bring gloves and a knit wool cap to
      keep my hands and ears warm. It might be overcast, 55 degrees and
      windy; it might be 85 degrees, blazing sun and frying hot. It may be

      SEATING - Grande has a spacious salon/cabin with plenty of
      comfortable "restaurant-booth" seating for meals, reading, resting or
      napping. On deck seating is very limited, and you're welcome to
      bring a sturdy nylon outdoor folding chair aboard to sit on the
      spacious aft deck.

      W. Terry Hunefeld
      Life is short.
      Bird often.

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      FROM SDBIRDS 28SEP2008

      Last night I received a phone call from James McDaniels, captain of
      Grande, about a booby with red feet that had landed on Grande in
      Mexican waters. I urged him to obtain photos. I just received the
      following email, sent at noon today. I have forwarded some cell-
      phone photos to Guy McCaskie of what appear to be a juvenile Red-
      footed Booby: red feet, overall grayish-brown, darker breast. James
      will be getting some higher res photos which I'll post when received.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: James McDaniels
      Sent: Monday, September 29, 2008 12:01 PM
      To: W. Terry Hunefeld
      Subject: Red footed Booby (we think) circles Grande and lands for a

      This is the amazing story of a Red footed booby bird that circled
      Grande 105 miles South of San Diego, about 18 miles off the Mexican
      coastline. The bird made several attempts at landing aboard Grande's
      superstructure, eventually settling in on the upper deck with a
      crash landing. At one point the Booby actually entered the
      wheelhouse of Grande to visit the captain and crew!

      The Booby traveled aboard Grande on our journey North to San Diego
      for over 50 miles, when he decided to fly again. We thought he was
      gone, but to our surprise, he followed Grande North past Ensenada
      and the Coronado Islands hovering just above the vessel and at times
      flying so close you could almost touch him.

      The most intriguing part of the saga is just South of the
      U.S./Mexican border, the Booby came in for another landing, this
      time on Grande's crows nest, about 30 feet above the water, and rode
      Grande all the way into our dock at Point Loma Landing. After Grande
      was docked, the Booby took flight joining other Seagulls, pelicans
      and turn birds and is now somewhere in the sky above Point Loma in
      San Diego. He was spotted after about an hour after his departure
      from Grande flying with other birds above the harbor.

      James McDaniels

      * * * *

      As of today, there are still several spaces left on the Buena Vista
      Audubon day trip aboard Grande to the Coronados Islands from San
      Diego. It appears that northern Baja has a 2008 boobie-slam (Masked,
      Blue-footed, Red-footed, Brown). Note: we most likely will NOT see a
      Red-footed Booby on Saturday's trip – but James didn't think he would
      see one last night, either. And I didn't think we would see Masked and
      Blue-footed at the islands earlier this year.

      Details on this coming Saturday's trip to the Coronados Islands,
      including how to register are at:

      or: http://tinyurl.com/3u5m76
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