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Pelagic Birding in the Gulf of Mexico and the Seabirds of Texas.

This website is the only source for information about Texas Pelagic Trips. It is the single and most complete record of past Texas Pelagic trip reports beginning in 1991, photo galleries from past Texas Pelagic trips and information and photos of the seabirds of Texas.

By Garett Hodne

Schedule for 2017 Texas Pelagic Trips:

I’m still working on the dates and boats for 2017. I am planning to have the schedule ready by the end of November.  When it’s ready click the above link to learn more about upcoming Texas Pelagic trips, ie fares, trip lengths, departure times, spaces remaining, etc.

2016 Texas Pelagic Trips Completed:

We completed 5 trips in 2016 and it was another great year. We had a couple of outstanding trips, one trip with 224 pelagic seabirds of 7 species and another trip of 103 pelagic seabirds of 9 species, Click links below to check out all the trip reports. Join the Facebook Texas Pelagics group to see all the incredible sightings we enjoyed this year.

1.Sat June 4th; 12 hour; S. Padre Island.Successfully Completed see TRIP REPORT:  😀

2. Sat. July 23rd; 16 hour; Port Aransas; Successfully Completed See TRIP REPORT:  😀

3. Sat. August 27th, 16 hour; S Padre Island Successfully Completed See TRIP REPORT:   😀

4. Sat. Sept 17th; 12 hour; S. Padre Island; Successfully Completed TRIP REPORT:  😀

5. Sat. Oct 8th; 12 hour; S. Padre Island; TRIP CANCELLED due to lack of participants

6. Sunday Nov. 13th: 18 Hour; Port Aransas: BCPE Chase Trip Completed TRIP REPORT:

2015 Texas Pelagics Completed:

2015 was a spectacular year for Texas Pelagics. We completed 6 Trips in 2015, the most pelagic trips that have ever been run in Texas in one year! We also had 2 trips where we observed 274 and 219 individual pelagic seabirds. These 2 trips tallied the highest number of pelagic seabirds ever seen on a Texas Pelagic from South Padre Island and the highest numbers in almost 20 years. 

Click links below to check out all the trip reports. Join the Facebook Texas Pelagics group to see all the incredible sightings we enjoyed this year.

1.  Sat June 13th; 12 hour; Regular Fare $165.00. TRIP WEATHERED OUT 🙁 

2.  Sat July 11th; 16 hour; Camel’s Head. Successfully Completed see TRIP REPORT   😀 

3.  Sat Aug 8th; 12 hour; Successfully Completed see TRIP REPORT    😀

4.  Sat Aug 29th; 14 hour; Successfully Completed see TRIP REPORT 😀

5.  Sat Sept 19th; 12 hour; Successfully Completed see TRIP REPORT  😀

6.  Sat Oct 10h; 12 hour; Successfully Completed See TRIP REPORT   😀

7.  Monday Nov 2; 12 hour; with RGVBF Successfully Completed see TRIP REPORT  😀

2014 Texas Pelagic Trips Completed:

1. Sat July 19th; Successfully Completed – see TRIP REPORT

2. Sat August 16th; Successfully completed – see TRIP REPORT

3. Sat September 20th Successfully completed – see TRIP REPORT

4. Sat October 25th Successfully completed – see TRIP REPORT















Check out these pages for more information about Texas Pelagics.

Pelagic Seabirds:

This page contains articles on seabird abundance and seasonal distribution in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo galleries of seabirds, marine mammals and fish serve as a useful guide to identification and help prepare the pelagic birder for the challenges of sea birding.


Preparing for a Pelagic Birding Trip:

Pelagic birding is one of the more difficult types of birding. It pays to be well prepared ahead of time. If you’ve never been on a Texas Pelagic trip and are interested in going on one read this article  to find out  how to prepare yourself for an enjoyable day of birding at sea.

Summary Table of Past Trip Report Archives and Photo Galleries:

Assembled here is the most complete record of past trip reports and photo albums for Texas Pelagics that exists anywhere!

Regular Pelagic trips in offshore Texas only really began in 1994. Over the last 19 years many dedicated pelagic birders have made great efforts to continue organizing Pelagic birding trips to the deep waters offshore Texas. There are trip reports for over 50 past pelagic trips listed here.

In addition to the reports, I have collected photos from many other birders in addition to my own photos for trip galleries from over 25 past Texas Pelagics. Reminise about past trips, exciting sightings of birds and other marine life and get a real feeling for the pelagic birding experience by reviewing these photo galleries.

Gulf of Mexico Information:

Find out where to go for detailed marine weather forecasts and wave forecasts, critical information for Pelagic birding success. Also additional information about the physical oceanography of the Gulf of Mexico is presented.


About TexasPelagics.com

The TexasPelagics.com website / blog was created and is maintained by Garett Hodne.


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