Condor Express Murphy's Petrel photos 30 April 2011
Just like last spring, last Saturday's April 30, 2011 pelagic trip aboard the Condor Express from Santa Barbara saw a Murphy's Petrel. Unlike last year (when Mr. Murphy quickly blasted by) this year's bird made multiple passes of Condor Express allowing great looks by all aboard and some awesome photos.
According to Mr. GPS, Matt Sadowski, the MUPE was seen at 34.160054° -121.216308° - 37.5 naut. miles from Rocky Point, which is close to Point Arguello.
Matt's trip-track and the photos of the Murphy's and the Laysan Albie and the myriad Black-footed Albies and the Sabine's Gulls, Arctic Terns, Pom Jaegers, murrelets, etc are now posted at
Jon Feenstra's official eBird trip totals are posted there as well.
Mammal-wise we saw distant Blue Whales, Dall's Porpoise and close up looks at multiple breaching Humpback Whales on the way back in to port.
The next SoCal trip is aboard Grande from San Diego on May 14, sponsored by the Buena Vista Audubon Society. All day to the Nine Mile and Thirty Mile Banks.
The next deep-water SoCal trip is aboard the most luxurious pelagic birding live-aboard in North America - SEARCHER - from San Diego 28-30 May.
W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often.
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."
Southern California Seabirding Trips
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf