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The 2019 Season Starts Early.

Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Fanatics, I am pleased to announce that we are planning to run 3 trips in 2019.  Reservations for these first 3 trips are now open! And if all those trips make it there is the possibility of a fourth trip in September from South Padre Island. Schedule for 2019 Texas Pelagic Trips: Click the above link to learn more about upcoming Texas Pelagic trips, i.e. fares, trip lengths, departure times, spaces remaining, etc. 1._Sat May 25th; 16 hours; aboard the Blue Fin from Freeport the first trip on the Upper TX Coast since 1999. 2. Sat. July 27th; 14 hour; aboard the Kingfisher from Port Aransas; 3. Sat. August 24th, 16 hour; aboard the Kingfisher from Port Aransas; Partly out of necessity beginning in 2016 we started running Texas Pelagic trips from Port Aransas because our usual charter boat The Osprey from South Padre Island would no longer charter to us during the summer tourist season which is the prime season for Gulf of Mexico pelagics. Most of the party fishing boats in Port Aransas weren’t interested in chartering to birders either to upset their fisherman clientele, except for Deep Sea Headquarters. So now we’ve run two summer Texas Pelagics from Port Aransas aboard the Kingfisher and both were great trips with large numbers of seabirds, near record numbers of seabird species and good showings of marine mammals.  I personally have high hopes for continuing great trips out of Port Aransas because of the varied deep water seafloor bathymetry and the closer proximity to the Gulf’s Loop Current. NEW FOR 2019: We are planning to run one late spring Texas Pelagic from Freeport aboard the Blue Fin. The last time a Texas Pelagic trip was run from Freeport was back in 1999, so I think it’s about time we tried Freeport again.  The several advantages for...

2018 Texas Pelagics Status Update

Hi Seabirders, I’ve had a lot of people sign up in the last couple weeks for our two trips later this summer which is great! But I’m still only about half-way to the minimum needed for the Aug 31st Texas Pelagic out of Port Aransas. Port Aransas hasn’t had very many Texas Pelagics run from here because it is so popular with fisherman many of the charter boats are reluctant to or refuse to charter to pelagic birders for fear of losing fishing customers. The fewer than 5 Pelagic trips run from Port Aransas have all been outstanding. Well except for a late November 2016 trip to chase Black-capped Petrels, but that was a long-shot trip and outside of the traditionally good times for seabirds in offshore Texas. In the past many birders have tried tagging along on fishing trips from Port A to see what pelagic seabirds they might find with mixed results. Fishing trips either don’t get to deep pelagic waters, or spend a lot of time in one place fishing so they are far from optimal for pelagic birding. However a friend of mine who is a birder and a charter fishing boat captain from Port Aransas regularly spots amazing seabirds offshore on tuna fishing trips. This year he’s already reported numerous Brown Boobies and a Brown Noddy, in addition to the regularly expected seabirds From a quick look at the deep sea topography nearest to Port Aransas I can understand why it’s so good for fishing. There are numerous seamounts cored by salt domes on the continental slope here and these huge structures can create deep water upwelling’s that bring food to the surface for fish and of course seabirds. During the 1990’s when Texas Pelagics were being run from Port O’Connor many of these trips covered an area that overlaps with the waters reached...

It’s Time to Start Planning for 2016 Texas Pelagics!

Share Reservations for 2016 are now open! I am excited to announce that we are planning to run 7 trips again in 2016. In 2015 we had what undoubtedly ranks as one of the best years ever for Texas Pelagics. Not only did we successfully run 6 Trips in 2015, the most pelagic trips that have ever been run in Texas in one year! But we also had 2 spectacular 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 of pelagic seabirds in almost 20 years.  The 2015 highlights included: Manx Shearwater – 1; Leach’s Storm-Petrels – a record number of ~ 110; Great Shearwater -1;  Sabine’s Gull – 1; Whale Shark -1; Sperm Whale – 1; Mesoplodon Beaked Whale -1; Pygmy/Dwarf Sperm Whale -1; And if that wasn’t enough we encountered very high numbers for the season of many of the regular pelagic seabirds:  Audubon’s Shearwater – 75; Cory’s Shearwaters – 16; Band-rumped Storm-Petrels – 47; Magnificent Frigatebirds – 23; Masked Boobies – 18; Sooty Terns – 127; Bridled Terns – 18; Pomarine Jaegers – 25. Schedule for 2016 Texas Pelagic Trips:  https://texaspelagics.com/2016-schedule-2/  We are planning 7 trips again for 2016. The scheduled dates for the all the pelagic trips are firm, except for the RGVBF trip. Click the above link to learn more about upcoming Texas Pelagic trips, i.e. fares, trip lengths, departure times, spaces remaining, etc. Sat June 4th (June 11th weather back-up date); 12 hour; S. Padre Island. Sat. July 23rd; 16 hour; Port Aransas; Sat. August 27th, 16 hour; S Padre Island Sat. Sept 17th; 12 hour; S. Padre Island Sat. Sept 24th; 12 hour; S. Padre Island. (exclusive for Arroyo Colorado Audubon Soc) Sat. Oct 8th; 12 hour; S. Padre Island Sat. Oct 31st; 12 hour; S. Padre Island (tentatively...