Date: 10/1/20 2:08 pm From: Stephen Emerson <alphaequulei...> Subject: [sbcobirding] beginner id help
On August 22nd I noticed a large raptor like bird flying overhead in Orcutt just as it was about to go out of view over the horizon and I managed to take a few pictures. I didn't take any notes and only was able to view it through the camera viewfinder for a few seconds while I was fumbling with the manual focus. My recollection was that it's wingspan was close to that of a turkey vulture. I was astonished after downloading the pictures that it looks like a seabird of some sort. I'm pretty certain this bird is considerably larger than a gull. Hoping someone can give me an idea what it might be. Thank you in advance.