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Monday, April 30, 2012

West Coast Pelagic birdwatching



Ucluelet made us welcome.
Sunday April 29th 2012.
Eighty seven birders set sail from Ucluelet, BC aboard the MV Frances Barkley on a seven hour voyage to La Perouse Bank in search of pelagic seabirds. The trip was a fundraiser for WildResearch’s scientific programs. Many of B.C's best birders were on board to help the rest of us identify the many species we encountered. It wasn't long before we spotted our first Black-footed albatross and flock of Sooty shearwaters. One of non-birding highlights were two sea otters who were feeding 14km from shore, something that had all of us shaking our heads. We were also privileged to watch a least a dozen humpbacks feeding and breaching. 

This Sea otter was feeding 14 kilometres from shore!
Black-footed albatross has a 7ft wingspan


Black-footed albatross feed in the Pacific northwest and fly back to feed their young in Hawaii.

Sooty shearwaters


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