Tropical Audubon Pelagic Trip May 30, 2009
We had a pretty good number of species on this trip but with no
real rarities. The seas were 2 feet or less which made for a nice day.
We also had cloud cover which kept the temperature nice. The winds
were light out of the southwest. Any winds with a westerly
component to them, usually makes for a slow day for pelagic birding.
Many of the species we saw were quite a distance away, we had close looks at
others though. Bottle-nosed Dolphin were seen early in the morning as
we were leaving but at a distance. Loggerhead Sea Turtles were seen by
a few and a Hammerhead Shark which I missed. Many people got lifers
which was nice! A few photos of the trip are below.
Philip the co-captain with captain Chris!
Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs State Park, many good birds have
been seen there!
Flying fish, a flock or is it a school?
Where are the birds?
Wilson's Storm-Petrel, notice the feet projecting past the tail. This
separates it from any other similar Strom-Petrel species.
WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, two birds
Magnificent Frigatebird, several
BROWN BOOBY, several
Northern Gannet, two
MASKED BOOBY, two
Brown Pelican, several
Double-crested Cormorant, several
Glossy Ibis, two different flocks
BRIDLED TERN, a few
SOOTY TERN, a few
Blackpoll Warbler, two birds that flew by!
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Atlantic Sailfish, at least two that were jumping.