The Hawaiian Petrel on Shearwater Journeys's pelagic trip to Bodega Canyon and Cordell Bank, September 21, 2012 was not the only highlight. Our skilled captain insisted that I put out a menhaden oil slick at a spot where he had seen thousands of storm-petrels a few days earlier. I did this. The resulting mass of dancing storm-petrels absolutely astounded all of the leaders — veterans of decades of seabird trips. I hope you will enjoy Steve Howell's images, below of the dancing show. It was just incredibly spectacular. This trip may have set a record for the sheer numbers of BLACK STORM-PETRELS, in particular, estimated at some 800-1000. FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS and ASHY STORM-PETRELS numbered about 1000 each, while 5 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS put in a show, as well. All images, copyright, Steve Howell. Please do not use without permission.
BLACK STORM-PETREL, above.
Mountainous waves with dancing storm-petrels.
It is very easy to pick out the pearly-gray FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS.
FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS blend in well with the swells, below.
Rafts of FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS.
Above it all, a POMARINE JAEGER watches.