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Ucluelet Pelagic Trip - Sept 18 2016

Posted by Liron on Saturday, September 24, 2016
I was one of many BC and Alberta birders on the annual Ucluelet Pelagic Trip last weekend. We had an incredible time! While we had fog for much of the trip, the continental shelf was in the sun and free of fog, and there were thousands of birds!

Highlights:
80 Cackling Geese
3 Pacific Loon
50 Black-footed Albatross
200 Northern Fulmar
600 Pink-footed Shearwater
2 Flesh-footed Shearwater
2 Buller's Shearwater
450 Sooty Shearwater
2 Short-tailed Shearwater
200 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
10 Leach's Storm-Petrel
1 Red-necked Phalarope
4 Red Phalarope
4 South Polar Skua
3 Pomarine Jaeger
1 Parasitic Jaeger
75 Common Murre
20 Cassin's Auklet
30 Rhinoceros Auklet
1 Tufted Puffin
800 Sabine's Gull
1 Western Gull
375 California Gull
45 Herring Gull
1 Arctic Tern
and more... full list at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31650569

I shot around 2500 photos in the ~8 hours that we were out, here are some of my favorites:

One of the most common birds out at the coninental shelf (63km offshore), Pink-footed Shearwater
ImagePink-footed Shearwater by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

Leach's Storm-Petrel, not a bird seen easily in BC, so we were thrilled to get great views!
ImageLeach's Storm-Petrel by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Fulmar by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

Albatrosses are always incredible to see. The way they soar effortlessly over the waves is astonishing.
ImageBlack-footed Albatross by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageBlack-footed Albatross by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

Fulmars come in a variety of morphs ranging from very dark to very light like this one.
ImageNorthern Fulmar by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

We were lucky to see so many of these little birds out at sea, Fork-tailed Storm Petrel.
ImageFork-tailed Storm-Petrel by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

Another one of the most common birds at the continental shelf on that day were Sabine's Gulls, but they are not always so cooperative!
ImageSabine's Gulls by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

Something you don't see too often, a jaeger chasing another jaeger! Here a Parasitic (right) is chasing a Pomarine.
ImagePomarine and Parasitic Jaeger by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageBlack-footed Albatross by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

A good bird anywhere off of the North American mainland, a Flesh-footed Shearwater
ImageFlesh-footed Shearwater by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

We saw many alcids, with the most numerous being Common Murre.
ImageCommon Murre by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

While these are seen on most pelagic trips to the continental shelf, it is rare to see one so close.
ImageSouth Polar Skua by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImagePink-footed Shearwater by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

Another on of the most common birds, although they don't come as close to the boat as other seabirds- Sooty Shearwater.
ImageSooty Shearwater by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageBlack-footed Albatross by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageNorthern Fulmar by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

ImageBlack-footed Albatrosses by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr

An albatross in flight with a ton of seabirds behind it, out at the continental shelf.
ImageBlack-footed Albatross by lironsnaturephotography.com, on Flickr


It was an amazing day, so many great birds and memories!
Many more photos are on my flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lirons-na ... 0931913164

Thanks for looking!



 

 

 

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