Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hatteras Pelagic

After spending a week at the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, my wife and I headed down to Hatteras to take a pelagic trip into the Gulf Stream with Seabirding Pelagic Trips. We boarded the boat at 5:45am and headed off on a two and a half hour ride out to the best birding spots. I quickly added Greater and Audubon's Shearwaters to my list as well as a Bridled Tern. Over the next few hours, we saw Wilson's and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, Cory's Shearwater, and Black-capped Petrel. It was an amazing trip especially since I had never been on a pelagic trip before. We even got to see 3 species of dolphin, one species of whale, and a manta ray! Below are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip!

Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Greater Shearwater
Great Shearwater

Greater Shearwater
Great Shearwater

Greater Shearwater
Great Shearwater

Greater Shearwater
Great Shearwater

Greater Shearwater
Great Shearwater

Bottlenosed Dolphins
Bottlenosed Dolphins

Black-capped Petrel
Black-capped Petrel

Black-capped Petrel
Black-capped Petrel

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
-Rob

1 comment:

Mike B. said...

Those are some beautiful photos!