South Padre Island TEXAS PELAGIC July 29, 2005

Aboard the Osprey II

Subject: WBC Pelagic Trip   Results – 29 July 2005

Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 23:13:47

From: Sumita Prasad

The seas were calm again for the 2nd World Birding Center 2005 Texas Pelagic Trip. It was a beautiful day, and lots of critters seen.

Pelagic birds observed:

Cory’sShearwater (3)

Audubon’sShearwater (1)

Band-rumpedStorm Petrel (3)

Oceandroma  sp. (4)

Parasitic Jaeger (1)

Bridled Tern (1)

Sooty Tern (5)

Other birds seen included Royal, Sandwich and Black terns. A nice school of about 15 Black-tipped Shark were observed feeding on shrimp by-catch. There was   also a good showing of cetaceans on this trip- Bottle Nosed Dolphin and spectacular views of 11 Sperm Whale (seen on 5 different occasions!), including 2 rather large bulls.

Many thanks to our 21 participants and our fabulous trip leaders who make this all possible: Eric Carpenter, Petra Hockey, Brad McKinney, Mike Overton, and   Dwight Peake.

There are 3 more pelagic trips scheduled for this season: 17 Sept, 8 Oct, 5 Nov.

Sumita Prasad,

Director of Birding

Fermata, Inc. and World Birding Center

Link to Photo Gallery: All photography copyrighted ©Garett Hodne 2005.

GOOGLE MAP OF PELAGIC TRIP GPS COURSE COORDINATES:

View 2005 Texas Pelagic Trip Tracks from SPI in a larger map

Click on the box in the upper left of the map to view the map legend.

Click on each Pelagic Course and the data label will appear with the date of the trip.

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS for July 29, 2005

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