Wednesday, September 5, 2012


MEGA. That's what we call a super-rare bird, like one that has never, or rarely ever, been seen in a given state or other area.

Well, we had a MEGA, history-making pelagic trip on August 24-25, sailing out of Lewes, Delaware with Paul Guris and the great bunch from See Life Paulagics.

We left at 11pm - yes in the evening - aboard the Thelma Dale V, spending the night on benches, floors and what have you aboard the fishing vessel. But at dawn, rewards awaited.

This is the first EVER Herald Petral seen in Maryland waters (or lands). It flew around our boat for at least 25 minutes, giving great views to all.

(Sorry for the mediocre pictures, but photography aboard a moving boat, while you are jostling with other excited birders and excited yourself, is ... challenging).

Another reason to be excited:  2 maybe 3 Black-Capped Petrels joined the fun. Another life bird!

That alone would have made it an incredible trip, but we were rewarded later in the day when two ace Maryland birders, Ed Boyd and Mikey Lutmerding, spotted another bird that makes pelagic birders drool. A White-Faced Storm Petrel (No photo unfortunately).

Who's this beauty? Just a gorgeous Greater Shearwater. What a trip.