Sept 8, 2007; S Padre Island; TRIP REPORT
Aboard the Osprey II
Subject: SPI pelagic summary
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2007 19:09:35 GMT
From: Brad McKinney
The following is a brief summary of species seen on yesterday’s, 8 Sep 07,
South Padre Island pelagic organized by Travis Audubon.
Eric Carpenter and others may provide more detailed accounts later. The highlight of the trip was a surprisingly diverse flock of seabirds seen soon after reaching deepwater. Included in the flock were Sooty and Bridled Terns, Cory’s (4) and Audubon’s (2) Shearwaters, an adult Masked Booby, and amazingly two Texas review species- Brown Booby and Brown Noddy!
In all we had 10 seabird species, including three sulids and an extended study of a Parasitic Jaeger.
The weather was nice, with calm seas, light winds, and blue oceanic water fairly close to shore (about 30 miles out).
Unofficial list of species with approximate numbers (low estimates):
FINAL TRIP LIST :
TOTAL PELAGIC SPECIES –
TOTAL PELAGIC SEABIRDS –
Cory’s Shearwater (~12)
Audubon’s Shearwater (5-7)
Masked Booby (3-4)
Brown Booby (1)
Northern Gannet (1)
Magnificent Frigatebird (3)
Brown Noddy (1)
Sooty Tern (~15)
Bridled Tern (~5)
Parasitic Jaeger (1)
Loads of flying fish.
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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