Audubon Society, in partnership with Cal
Poly State University and the Marine Interest Group (MIG) invited the public out
on a Pelagic Boat Trip to observe a seabird study conducted by graduate student
Katie Gordon... designed to identify species and qualify abundance of the ocean
birds that come to the waters of Estero Bay. Our guide and outing organizer,
Kara Hagedorn, shared natural history information and helped with the bird and
marine mammal identification on this full day ocean adventure.
Photos by Mike Baird - click thumbnails below to enlarge (taken with a Canon 20D w/ 100-400 IS Canon lens, some taken with polarizing filter).
Note: Shown frequently below are multiple photos of the same individual animal.
Also, the photo collection below is not intended in any way to represent the totality of the observations made --
I have just included some random photos that I was able get from my vantage point.
Corrections and clarifications are always appreciated - please e-mail any comments to mike at mikebaird.com and include "ignorefilters" somewhere in the subject line.
As 15 of us left Port San Luis (Avila, CA) on the boat Pacific Horizon
at 6:30 AM on Oct. 26, 2005, a killer sunrise started our day
We immediately saw this Humpback whale
Followed by some Bottlenose Dolphins (ID thanks to Marlin Harms and Brad Schram)
and many playful Sea Lions all along the way
interspersed by several California Sea Otters
Leaders (L-R) Kara Hagedorn and Katie Gordon explained the scientific process,
and conducted species identification, along with
expert birders (L-R) Brad Schram and Maggie Smith
while several other participants, including (L-R) Sylvia Rosenberg,
Barbara Akle, and Donna O'Shaughnessy, assisted by recording data, etc.
David Sneed, who covers environmental issues for the The Tribune - SanLuisObispo.com covered this event with his associate, photographer Jayson Mellom (not shown).
David wrote a nice article about this event which was published in The tribune on Nov., 1, 2005
which now (11-1-05 PM) is accompanied by five photos.
Of the approximately 24 birds species identified
Brandt's Cormorants were seen in abundance, along with one or more of the:
Common Loon Pigeon Guillemot
Brown Pelican Gulls with a Brown Pelican on a kelp float
We passed by Morro Rock and had a unique view of the "Nine Sister" Morros lined up
Here is a list of the species observed, courtesy of Kara
MCAS-CAL-POLY Seabird Study Trip -- Date: 10-26-05
Conditions: Clear, calm, slight wind, 70 degrees
Bird and Mammal Checklist (corrected 11-4-05)
Birds Species Observed (24)
Mammal Species Observed (6)
California Sea Lion
California Sea Otter