ACAS Pelagic Trip- September 17, 2016
|Sunrise from the Osprey|
Last Saturday several members of ACAS attended the Texas Pelagics trip. Most arrived by 5 a.m. and our boat, the Osprey, departed at 5:30 a.m. We experienced southerly winds as we traveled east toward the edge of the continental shelf. This made for a rocky boat. A view of the full moon provided a distraction for the many first-time pelagic participants. Shortly after the sun rose we were quickly rewarded with a flyby of a Parasitic Jaeger!
After seeing the jaeger, it was a couple of hours before we saw more birds, but the view of the open ocean provided great stimulation.
I wasn't sure what this was when I first saw it from a distance, but Huck Hutchens kindly let me know what I was seeing- a Flying Fish!
|Cory's Shearwater (Scopoli's spp.)|
It was a pleasure to see a Cory's Shearwater (Scopoli's spp.) halfway through the trip. For many of us this was a lifer. They are much larger than the Audubon's Shearwater as you may note in the photo below.
|Cory's Shearwater (Scopoli's spp.) (left) & Audubon's Shearwater (right)|
We even saw a few landbirds flying over the Gulf of Mexico- Barn Swallow, Baltimore Oriole and Purple Martin.
At the end of our trip the list of birds seen included: Parasitic Jaeger, Cory's Shearwater, Audubon's Shearwater, Bridled Tern, Common Tern, Sooty Tern, Sandwich Tern, Laughing Gull, Royal Tern, Least Tern and Black Tern.
After 12 hours on the water, land was a welcome sight. We had a successful trip with 5 true seabirds seen. Thank you to Gary Hodne for organizing this trip. If interested in Pelagic Trips be sure to visit http://texaspelagics.com.
|South Padre Island, TX|