|Masked Booby waving at the boat|
The funniest part of the Masked Booby sighting is that Barbara found coupons for the boat trip and got us booked for Sunday at 3 PM. We showed up to the dock and stood in line with the normal type of people and families who would sign up for a dolphin/whale watching trip but could see that a few other passengers also had binoculars and cameras. It turns out that I knew another guy on the boat! What are the chances that a NJ birder that I met in a field in the Pine Barrens was on the same boat? Crazy right? We just kept shaking our heads and laughing.
We also had a great captain - Captain Chris who expertly maneuvered that boat around the buoy for great photo opps. He also took us out and found Black-vented Shearwaters which was another lifer for all of us.
There is another type of Booby here in LA too - at least 4 Blue-footed Boobies have been hanging around on a jetty and are easily seen from shore. Photo opps were not as great since we couldn't get close. Here are a few so-so shots. I hope you can see the blue feet in the photos.
|Blue-footed Booby - middle bird with white breast|
More to follow. I gotta catch a flight to San Francisco.