Saturday, December 15, 2018

2018 ends with a 3 Albatross Day!

What a great December trip we had!  Lucking out with a weather window between fronts, we ran this trip against the odds. Highlights of the trip included a very cooperative ANCIENT MURRELET, two flyby PARAKEET AUKLETS, and an amazing THREE species of albatross: the expected BLACK-FOOTED, the now not surprising LAYSAN ALBATROSS (every Newport trip from August 12 on saw at least one of this species), and an incredible SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS. The latter came in to our chum slick and gave everyone great looks and photo ops.  Sadly, we had to leave this outstanding species in order to start our trip back to the dock.