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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?

Cargo Ship


Where are the birds?

Brown Booby



Sooty Tern



Dolphin Fish



Wilson's Storm-Petrel, notice the feet projecting past the tail.  This separates it from any other similar Strom-Petrel species.





Species seen.

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
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Least Tern
BRIDLED TERN, a few
SOOTY TERN, a few

Blackpoll Warbler, two birds that flew by!

Hammerhead Shark
Bottle-nosed Dolphin
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Atlantic Sailfish, at least two that were jumping.
 

 

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