Masked Booby (Part III)
I received an email from Alex Lees who I believe is in England. He
was in correspondence with Dr. Hunt of the Univ. of California,
Irvine. Alex told me that Hunt had seen a Masked Booby on the
breakwater at Dana Point Harbor (Orange County) last weekend.
I went down to the "island' and scoped the end of the jetty from about
1 to 2:15 today, without success. Kaaren Perry was at the harbor
later, and saw the Booby from 3:30 to 3:50 at the end of the jetty
when it flew off. She took digital pictures through her scope and
sent me two by email. Her camera is capable of taking pictures in the
range of 600-700kb, and the pictures I've posted from Kaaren, sent
to me as attachments, are about 12kb... so be aware of that. It looks
like a full adult individual.
I've found out that the Rehab bird that was picked up in Orange County
a few weeks ago, is STILL in rehab. It does seem that this makes the
third record this winter for Masked Booby in southern California.
Joel Weintraub, Dana Point, CA
I observed the Masked Booby at Dana Pt. this morning from about 6:20 to 6:45
a.m. before I had to leave for work. (Where were all the other
early-birders? Lonely out there! :)
This morning, the bird was sitting on the jetty directly opposite the 3rd
parking area after turning left on the "island". It was mostly sleeping, but
would briefly stretch its wings or preen from time to time.