I forgot to include the FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER (Puffinus carneipes) in my recap of the September trips. This bird was seen on the September 9, 2011 Monterey Bay trip. The image below was made by John Schwarz, copyright. It is a difficult shearwater to photograph, as they are often flying by. Flesh-footed Shearwaters breed on the Chicken Islands, Mercury Island and other New Zealand islands. They eat squid and fish. This species is not common. In fact, we call it a "one in 10 trip shearwater," meaning that one generally needs to do at least 10 trips to observe this shearwater. Peter LaTourette has some nice images of this species, here.Shearwaters forever,
AKA "Annie Auklet" as played by Angelica Huston, in the 20th Century Fox movie, "The Big Year" opening October 14th in a theater near you!