July 29, 2005; S Padre Island; TRIP REPORT
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.
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.
Director of Birding
Fermata, Inc. and World Birding Center
FINAL TRIP LIST :
TOTAL PELAGIC SPECIES – 6
TOTAL PELAGIC SEABIRDS – 18
Cory’s Shearwater (3)
Audubon’s Shearwater (1)
Band-rumped Storm Petrel (3)
Oceandroma sp. (4)
Parasitic Jaeger (1)
Bridled Tern (1)
Sooty Tern (5)
MARINE MAMMAL Sp: –
Sperm Whales -11
NEARSHORE SEABIRD Sp: –
Black-tipped Shark -15
Here is a map of the trip track as recorded by my GPS.
TRIP PHOTO ALBUM
Album 1 all photos © GarettHodne.com
OCEANOGRAPHIC AND WEATHER CONDITIONS:
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