It might have been mentioned here before, but we suck at birding.
Yet, we keep coming back to it and diving in deeper than before.
The latest excursion: a pelagic trip out of Monterey with Alvaro of Alvaro's Adventures.
|guys, these guys look serious|
The expectations were mixed. Obviously with the first time out on the ocean, some sweet life birds were going to be seen.
|POMARINE JAEGER. I'LL GO THIS WAY.|
Really, I was worried about losing it over the side. I haven't truly been out on the ocean since a disastrous deep sea fishing trip as a young brat on vacation in Hawai'i, where the vomit was flying.
But all was good this time and I maintained focus like a ninja, for there was a great prize to observe.
No, not the Great Skua, immortalized in song by the mighty British Sea Power,
on the Pacific we are treated to the SOUTH POLAR SKUA
Yeah, I didn't get great photos, but still amazing to see at this distance -- we actually had about 7 total observations! Another pelagic trip on the bay spotted not a one Skua.
The trip ended with some clowns lounging about.
|small wound on this sea lion|
Overall a pretty great trip -- everyone aboard was helpful, friendly and there were no mentions of jizz (though the hilarity of a jizz drop might have been pretty incredible?).
And despite some slow moments, a great selection of birds were on display and now one of my students thinks I am a god because I have seen an albatross.
Jake's thoughts next!
Good Birding !