Date: 9/25/17 1:31 pm From: David Pereksta <pereksta...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers on 7 Oct 2017
This is a reminder that Island Packers is offering an 11-hour deepwater pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Saturday October 7. This trip will allow us to get to offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips where we will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. The waters around the northern Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Black-vented, Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon), and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown Booby (2013-2017). There is also a potential for sought-after species like Cooks' Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and Craveri's Murrelet. The last 4 years have been exceptional for Craveri's Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We saw approximately 45 Craveri's Murrelets on our recent July trip from Ventura! In addition, there was a Nazca Booby seen on a pelagic trip out of San Diego this weekend so anything is possible out there. We will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help determine where birds and other marine life may be present.
The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful. In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right light for photographers.
Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.com by clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the trip is $170 per adult.