Must-see Sea Birds
By the time we'd finished our book, Sarah and I had seen 84 of the 85 species we profiled.
Photo by Greg Gilson
Eventually the fog cleared and conditions were perfect for spotting birds. We cruised parallel to the coast to look for Marbled Murrelets and Rhinocerus Auklets and then motored 27 miles west to the edge of the continental shelf.
Here our guides chummed the water with fish oil and beef suet. In a matter of seconds, the Albatrosses arrived.
So many albatrosses!
Photo by Jill Nelson-Debord
A Long-tailed Jaeger joined the feeding frenzy. We never thought we'd see a jaeger so close to the boat.
We saw many more birds and some spectacular marine mammals on the trip, but we lacked the sea legs necessary to photograph them. After eight hours on the water, we returned to Newport, thrilled to have seen our albatross and happy that we did not contribute to the chum.
Now that our pelagic trip is in the books, we can turn our attention to the land-bound birds we have not yet seen this year. Stay tuned!