An Audubon's Shearwater
Atlantic White Sided Dolphins
More Atlantic White Sided Dolphins with Wilson's Storm-Petrels
A Great Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel Feeding
A raft of Wilson's Storm-Petrels
We saw a ton of Great Shearwaters and Wilson's Storm-Petrels. As a birder, there are certain skills that come in handy. Many books talk about the skill of identifying birds by a couple of quick measures. Birding on land can teach how this is a useful skill. Pelagic birding teaches you this might be the only skill that matters. I've taken the liberty of cropping and editing a lot of these photos for you, but that's not necessary how we experienced these birds. They move fast while you are on a rocking fast moving boat. So you need to try and pick up a few more quick skills like behavior and attention to detail. The differences between some of these birds can be as simple a wing angle/length, or beak color and rump color. Once again, add the fact that you are moving and this becomes a wonderful mental challenge.
If you can handle the sea (even if you, like me, will need medicinal assistance), Pelagic birding can be an awesome experience. One that I will definitely do again!
A link to Pelagic Trips: http://www.neseabirds.com/pelagictripsnonne.htm
Atlantic White Sided Dolphin
2013 Year Birds: 243
Coming Soon: A review of The Warbler Guide and Birding in Dixie (a multipart series)