Getting the shader up- not an easy task!
Shade makes life a lot easier!
Mark & Kat
Matsudaira’s Storm Petrel
Kat asking who wants ice cream?
Nice hair do girlie!
This is why I travel!
rarely identified species.
2nd May it is dawn & I am on the monkey bridge. At first birding is slow, but gets rather exciting quite quickly, as the first of several Bannerman's Shearwaters fly by.
Matsudaira’s Storm Petrels are also much in evidence.
Matsudaira’s Storm Petrels
This is a shy species, always keeping its distance
from the ship.
A couple of Bulwer’s Petrels then the first of many Bonin Petrels flew by.
South Polar Skua terrorizing a Red-footed Booby
It got the fish.
Pale morph individual.
A pale phase South Polar Skua gave the semi resident Boobies a bit of a scare!
Chris & Sav threw a chumming concoction overboard late afternoon & it worked! 72 Matsudaira’s Storm Petrels arrived almost instantly. Brilliant stuff!
Pretending to be Shearwaters!
I get the feeling, that these girls are not taking
this rare seabird thingy very seriously!
The end of yet another memorable day.
One can just see the Bonin Islands in the distance.
3rd May & we are still sailing north towards the Bonin Islands. The sea is calm & we see birds continuously throughout the day. But the first decent sighting is of a Sperm Whale breaching mid distance. Not a bad start before breakfast!
of Bryde's Whale
Today was a day of lots & lots of Storm Petrels: 102 Tristram’s; 130+ Matsudaira’s & another 100+ not identified to species.
We also run into our first albatrosses since the southern oceans: 10+ Black-footed Albatross put on a bit of a show for us all.
We also enjoyed good numbers of Bonin Petrels throughout the morning & by the days end had totaled over 200 birds.
of Bryde's Whale
It was a hot, sunny day, just perfect for cetaceans & for seeing storm-petrels.
Matsudaira's Storm Petrel
At the day’s end I spot a Bryan’s Shearwater: one of the rarest species on this planet! I spent all my time getting all the identification features on it, so didn't get a photo! But Jan did though!We go to the bar, it is time to celebrate!We call it a day at dusk, ready for the possibility of one of the rarest seabirds in the world in the morning! What a great day!