Monterey Bay to Big Sur: October 8, 2010
- Hello, Birders,
This is a brief report of the highlights of a pelagic trip from
Monterey, south to Big Sur, today. A strong sea surface temperature
break was indicated, and indeed, we did find this. The area about
nine miles off Big Sur was teaming with seabirds. First thing, we
found two FIN WHALES. Highlights included: 7 FLESH-FOOTED
SHEARWATERS, 800 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, 300 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS,
400 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 12 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES, thousands and
thousands of RED & RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 4 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS, 10
POMARINE & 6 PARASITIC JAEGERS, and 1 TUFTED PUFFIN. The area was
boiling with krill balls, at the surface. Huge masses of mixed
shearwaters and gulls, were feeding on the krill, gulping it like a
tasty desert. Humboldt squid were actively pursuing the krill balls.
We wondered why no whales were there? Alas, at the end of the day, we
encountered four BLUE WHALES off Point Pinos, steaming at 8.4 knots
� south for the krill!
Spaces are still available on our last two Monterey trips of the fall
October 9 with Todd McGrath, Wes Fritz, Clay Kempf, John Hiles, Abe
Borker, Gerry McChesney & Debi Shearwater leading.
October 17th with Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, Todd McGrath, Denise
Wight, Clay Kempf & Rod Norden leading.
Spaces are still available on our Half Moon Bay trip on October 17th.
To make a reservation, please contact me by email.
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
South Georgia: Oct 18- Nov 4, 2010; Antarctica, South Georgia &
Falkland Islands: Nov 4-22, 2010
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