Sunday, November 13, 2011

Half Moon Bay Pelagics III: The Dirty Sea



We saw both Common and Arctic Terns...this is a Common Tern, a certified Poorly Named Bird. 



Pink-footed and Buller's Shearwaters. This was one of the few shearwater rafts we found on the water that day. Poor. I need more Buller's in my life.



South Polar Skua, aka. Slayer of Penguins. An honest-to-God beast of a bird.



Red Phalaropes. The English call them "Gray Phalaropes". Conclusions? The English are pessimists.



Northern Fulmars only eat popcorn.


Black-footed Albatross. 



This Sabine's Gull scored a good chunk of fish guts. Ferosh.


A semi-tattered Pomarine Jaeger.

California Sea Lions milling.

And there you have it people. There are many more pictures, but I can only get so repetitive. I am due to go out, once again, in the near future...I can only hope for exotic albatross and strange petrels, the likes of which I have never even heard of. The ocean is a fickle place however, and I will count myself lucky to have calm seas and a handful of year birds...only time will tell.

2 comments:

  1. Great set! We've only taken pelagics out of Florida, so you've given me something to look forward to when we finally have the opportunity to hit those west coast waters

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  2. Thanks Nicholas! Yeah, be sure to jump on a boat when you come out here...best times are August-October.

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