PORT O’CONNOR PELAGIC TRIP REPORT III – August 20, 1994

Aboard   the Chip XI
Report Transcribed from   1995 Texas Deepwater Pelagic Trips NewsletterCopyrighted   By: Dwight Peake and Mark ElwongerStorm Petrels Again in   AugustHigh   pressure over the Gulf made for windy and rough 3-5 foot seas but this did   little to discourage 30 determined pelagic birders on August 20. The first   Leach’s Storm-Petrels showed up at almost precisely the same time as last   time: 10:30AM. For he next hour, as the Chip XI passed over a bottom   irregularity known as “The Hump”, 9 storm-petrels were spotted,   offering good looks at both Band-rumped and Leach’s. The advantage of a fast   boat like the Chip XI is that it can keep up with these swift, erratic   wave-huggers.

An   excursion into deeper water 100+ miles out proved to be less productive than   the Hump, so we returned and encountered an additional two Leach’s in nearly   the same area as the Band-rumps were seen 2.5 hours earlier.

Then,   an hour after returning to the shelf, the first of three Cory’s Shearwaters   appeared, accompanied by a pod of Pantropical Spotted Dolphins. Checking   several production platforms, we inspired an immature Masked Booby to fly   directly over the boat!

Species Seen:

Cory’s   Shearwater – 3

Leach’s   Storm-Petrel – 7

Band-rumped   Storm-Petrel – 4

Masked   Booby – 1 imm

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS:

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