Boating is definitely fun but all vacations must come to an end. Our vacation was supposed to end on Thursday, but the weather had other plans for us. Our flight was cancelled after we sat in the airport for almost 5 hours. We were told to return on Friday which we did but the airline still had no planes available. The Nerds decided to spend some money to take a taxi to another airport and get on a different flight home. That required us to fly into a different airport back here too. Long story short - we arrived home 36 hours later than we planned - at 8 PM Friday night.
I was up and on the road by 3:30 AM (yes, AM) on Saturday headed up to Long Island NY to catch another boat for a pelagic birding trip. I thought about cancelling but I am glad I went on the trip. It was one of the best pelagics that I have been on so far.
We left the dock at 6 AM and were greeted by a Black-legged Kittiwake at sunrise.
|Black-legged Kittiwake at Sunrise|
|Bulldog - Northern Fulmar|
I learned something about them on this trip. I watched 2 Gannets fly around the boat and dive for chum. I tried to photograph the dive but it was difficult to time until I noticed that each bird would squawk just before diving. The first photo shows the bird letting out the squawk. He would slow down by spreading his feet and tail feathers and the let out the noise. I think this is his way of saying "Get out of my way or get stabbed"
|Here I Come!|
|Paul holding dead Razorbill|
|Razorbill - photo by Alyssa Della Fave|
|Fishing Trawler - "Vengeance"|
Wait til you see what I did on Superbowl Sunday . . .