Leader, Todd McGrath's stunning images of the Shearwater Journeys' October 29 2011 pelagic trip departing from Bodega Bay are below. All images copyright, Todd McGrath. Please do not use without permission. Enjoy! Read the full trip report here.
Bodega Rock, above, is usually covered with CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS.
A Gull, obviously, of undetermined species— possibly a HERRING X GLAUCOUS.
Bodega Headlands, often a spot to check the day prior to the pelagic trip.
WILLET, above. On the long ride into the harbor, the tide was as low as I have ever seen it, exposing large bodies of mudflats, covered with thousands of shorebirds.
A HABOR SEAL, on the exposing mud flats, inside of the harbor.
COMMON MURRE, above.
LAYSAN ALBATROSS, incoming!
RHINOCEROS AUKLET, above.
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER, a Life Bird for some folks on board. Flesh-footed Shearwaters were found on every Shearwater Journeys' October boat trips, 2011.
BULLER'S SHEARWATER, above. Getting late for this species.
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS. We were surprised that we did not see very many.
NORTHERN FULMAR, above. Numbers of fulmars should build throughout the winter months.
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER, above. Some individuals remain throughout the winter, but most have departed for nesting in the Southern Hemisphere.
THAYER'S GULL, (HY) above, generated a lot of interest. Jon Dunn tried his best to teach me more about gulls. I admit to the, "I don't do gulls" stand. Hybrids are just too tough for me, and tedious.
SOUTH POLAR SKUA, above. Again, it was quite the skua show!
NORTHERN FULMAR, above.
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER, above.
TUFTED PUFFIN. Well, as Linda Terrill said, "It is a great Halloween bird!"