Sunday, January 6, 2013
Penguins of the North
Sure, we'll take a boat ride off NJ in January. I guess it was Richard Crossley's idea, he of The Crossley Guide who wanted photos of Dovekies in flight. Richard didn't get his Dovekie shots, although we saw three - he told me he was imagining groups on the water and taking off, kind of like you'd see these birds in The Crossley Guide. And I didn't get the Great Skua, my most wanted bird of a winter ocean trip. But our six hour tour out to Five Fathom Bank and back, only a dozen or so miles offshore, yielded some great stuff. How could it not, with not-terrible seas and the likes of Richard, Michael O'Brien, Jim Dowdell, Sam Galick, and Tom Reed on board? And special thanks are due Bob Lubberman, who brokered our little charter trip with the folks of the Canyon Clipper.
I'm not sure whether the Dovekies or the single Common Murre deserve the starring role on the trip, because we saw something like 90 Razorbills, too.
Posted by Don Freiday at 5:51 PM