The BBC August overnight pelagic trip never really fails to produce. With a couple of epic trips in recent years, expectations were high for last weekend's excursion. Somehow we managed to exceed those expectations on many levels.
I will leave the full-blown summary to trip leader Jeremiah Trimble, but here are some numbers for you in the meantime:
2 Black-capped Petrel (white-faced type)
28 White-faced Storm-Petrel (nope, not a typo)
23 Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
4 White-tailed Tropicbird (including two immatures over the boat at the same time...a rare age class off the east coast!)
1 Red-billed Tropicbird
17 Pomarine Jaeger (including up to five adults around the boat at one time)
1 Long-tailed Jaeger
1 South Polar Skua
And those are only the highlight species. Many of the more common storm-petrels, shearwaters, and phalaropes were also tallied.
I am working on getting out the eBird checklists, so I will be brief here. Below are some photos from the trip.
WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRDS: (An adult on day 1, two immatures together and one adult on day 2, all of which came right into the boat)
RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD (immature):
SOUTH POLAR SKUA:
BLACK-CAPPED PETREL (white-faced type):
"SCOPOLI'S" (CORY'S) SHEARWATER:
GREAT SHEARWATER at sunset:
And a few misc iPhone pics!
|leaving behind the gloomy Nantucket Shoals on Saturday morning|
|dramatic skies ahead of us to the south|
|co-leader Julian Hough is all smiles after his long-overdue life WTTR.|
|Saturday night sunset as storm-petrels, shearwaters, and jaegers feed off the stern|
|Saturday evening sky|
|Peter and Jeremiah admiring their work|
|Luke scanning the stormies|
|one happy group of leaders on the ride home Sunday|
|What's worth more...Doug himself, or the camera gear around his neck? Something rare better not fly by right now!!|
Huge thanks are due to our trip organizers, participants, and boat captain & crew...we're not going to forget this one!