April 28 Deep Water Pelagic - Santa Barbara
I am pleased to announce that we will again be running our famous spring deepwater trip from Santa Barbara on the Condor Express. This is the only deep water trip I am aware of off CA this spring.
The Condor Express is ready to go with fresh paint and rebuilt engines giving us all the speed and range we need to get out to continental shelf and back in 12-13 hours.
The Spring 2011 trip featured great looks and a Murphy's Petrel, and 2010 featured 63 Cook's Petrels plus another Murphy's. Other rarities recorded in past springs include Hawaiian Petrel, Parakeet Auklets (two trips) and Tufted and Horned Puffins.
Regular species include Black-footed and Laysan Albatross, Ashy and Leach's Storm-petrel as well as Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets and Xantus's Murrlets. Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Sabine's Gulls and all 3 jaegers, plus South Polar Skua have also been recorded.
The trip departs from Santa Barbara Harbor at 7AM (check-in at 630AM sharp), and returns between 7 and 9 PM. The boat has a large galley that seats close to 60, and excellent food is available for purchase.
Cost is $195 and can be booked easily through the Sea Landing by calling
We will have our usual cadre of experienced leaders, plus Capt. Matt and the great crew of the Condor Express. I hope you can join us.