I am exhausted and in desperate need of beer...but I thought it would be best to put a few pics up of the bird of the day.
This is a Salvin's Albatross, photographed today off Half Moon Bay, CA (San Mateo County). Salvin's Albatross are well-known for their habit of avoiding the northern hemisphere. It is so rare that I can't really wrap my mind around it. It's a bird I don't look for when I am looking for rare birds. It is the rarest seabird, geographically speaking, that I have ever seen.
More details to come soon. Thanks to both Alvaro's Adventures and Shearwater Journeys for making my acquaintance with this species possible.