Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy New Year, Seabirders!

It is my pleasure to relay an exciting report of an immature STELLER'S ALBATROSS (Short-tailed Albatross). It was reported to me by Vince Orsini who saw it on December 29, 2008 just north of the Cordell Banks in 1100 feet of water at 38 07.21 and 123 28.74. Vince reported that the albatross flew within 100 feet of his boat, Miss Anita, at least a dozen times. Vince, his partner, Ed, and four passengers were on board. One of the passengers may have obtained defining photographic images that should be forthcoming. 

Many of Shearwater Journeys' participants will remember Vince well, as he first began trips with us as a deckhand in Monterey in 1985. Even in the 1980's Vince was an avid seabirder, who pointed out many lifers. He later joined us for many years on our trips departing from Bodega Bay where he was on board the one and only pelagic trip that traveled from Bodega Bay to Fort Bragg and back— discovering North America's first record of an adult White-capped Albatross! (Shy Albatross). 

What a way to end the year!

Albatrosses forever,

Debra Shearwater
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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