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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 20, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
Reilly,

You shouldn't have to do anything too heinous. There are BF Boobies all around. That's what you meant, right? Check eBird or here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LACoBirds/

Riley, Where are you these days. Were they Broad Wings?
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Sep 21, 2013 - 05:29am PT
Ya, I think mostly Broad Wings
What do you think?
This is in Mcallen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Sep 21, 2013 - 05:42am PT
Wow guys !!
You guys are really getting after it.
Boobies everywhere !
WTH is up with that !
One of my favorite birds as well.
Saw loads of brown footed in Rio.
Was supposed to go to an island to see breeding Red Footed in Belize but missed the boat.


That Hitler twitching thing is hilarious


slater!
A black footed albatross ??
Holy crap !!

Amazing
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 21, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
I finally got view my shots of the "Buffleheads" at 12,200'. It turns out they were all Horned Grebes. It was so dark that all I was seeing was a flash of white as they turned in the gloaming. So now I wonder why only one of the lot was at the nearby lake the next morning. I suppose the others must have been at at one or more of the other nearby lakes.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 21, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
Reilly,

Where were the Horned Grebes. I looked it up and they migrate at night, so maybe that one was a straggler.

Broad-wings sounds likely. I saw big kettles when we were near Corpus Cristi in the spring. I imagine they may be more abundant in the fall. I have to make it to Veracruz for Rio de Rapaces in October, when 2 million Broad wings pass through along with millions of other raptors and other species.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 21, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
Tony, they were at Lk South America (12,200') about 12 miles NW of Mt Whitney.

BTW, excellent shots of the Great Shearwater!!!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 21, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Wow, cool hawk vid. I've never seen any thing like that.

The pelagic was good though maybe a little slow.
birds....
No boobies. I prayed for a Brown or Masked. Had one Blue Footed in July.
Probably 10,000 Black-vented Shearwaters.5 Pink-footed.
One Pomerine and one Parasitic Jaeger.
4 lifers for me, 2 Surfbirds, 2 Wandering Tattlers, 10 Red-necked Phalaropes and one Sabine's Gull. No Red Phalaropes.
Lotsa other gulls, Cali, Heermans, Western.
All the usual suspects on the jetty, Brown Pels., Brandts Corms., Blk. Oystercatchers and gulls.
Mammals and....
Maybe 10-12 Blue Whales.At one point there were at least 5 different Blue Whales visible, pretty cool.
One hammerhead shark (that was a first), one other (blue?)shark.
Many pods of dolphins, common and bottlenosed. One group our captain estimated at 800 individuals.That was rad!
One Mola Mola, a big one.
A good voyage.

Afterwards I went to the Rockreation 20th anniversary party. Margy and I have been members since the first year, she has been a manager for the last 17 yrs.
In the dyno comp one young strong girl did a nasty face plant from about 12 feet up, ouch. That was scary.

Good times.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 23, 2013 - 10:33am PT
dee ee
Maybe 10-12 Blue Whales.At one point there were at least 5 different Blue Whales visible, pretty cool.
One hammerhead shark (that was a first), one other (blue?)shark.
Many pods of dolphins, common and bottlenosed. One group our captain estimated at 800 individuals.That was rad!
One Mola Mola, a big one.

That just sounds wonderful. I've seen a fair number of different wales and sea mammals in really cool conditions, but I've never seen a Blue Whale. What's a MolaMola, I know I should just look it up.



from a v. nice wedding out on Hood Canal. Congrats Kathy and Linda!
from a v. nice wedding out on Hood Canal. Congrats Kathy and Linda!
Credit: Darwin

And feeder shots. It's definitely starting to rain in Seattle. Shocking, I know!
Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin


+ tons of Bushtits swarming though the yard and completely covering the suet feeder.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 23, 2013 - 10:39am PT
What's a MolaMola, I know I should just look it up.

That's Dee ee's favorite shipboard cocktail. A couple of those and
you'd be amazed at what you see out there!
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Sep 23, 2013 - 11:02am PT
A mola mola is a Sunfish
Or what can be described as a fish with a big head, no body, and a fin on the top and bottom of the big head.
Credit: Dr. F.

Ocean sunfish
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). The species is native to tropical and temperate waters around the globe. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Sunfish can be as tall as they are long when their dorsal and ventral fins are extended.

Sunfish live on a diet that consists mainly of jellyfish, but because this diet is nutritionally poor, they consume large amounts in order to develop and maintain their great bulk. Females of the species can produce more eggs than any other known vertebrate.[1] Sunfish fry resemble miniature pufferfish, with large pectoral fins, a tail fin and body spines uncharacteristic of adult sunfish.

Adult sunfish are vulnerable to few natural predators, but sea lions, orcas and sharks will consume them. Among humans, sunfish are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, including Japan, the Korean peninsula and Taiwan. In the EU, regulations ban the sale of fish[2] and fishery products[3] derived of the Molidae family. Sunfish are frequently, though accidentally, caught in gillnets.

A member of the order Tetraodontiformes, which also includes pufferfish, porcupinefish and filefish, the sunfish shares many traits common to members of this order. It was originally classified as Tetraodon mola under the pufferfish genus, but it has since been given its own genus, Mola, with two species under it. The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, is the type species of the genus.

Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Sep 23, 2013 - 01:05pm PT
Heh guys... Important question

So what's the word on the best high zoom pocket camera now ?
I figure the dust had settled
I tried one last year but it made me a little dizzy

Time to get out and start getting pics again


Incredible pics guys!!
What a thread
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 24, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
http://www.wcs.org/press/press-releases/eagle-vs-deer.aspx
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 27, 2013 - 08:15am PT
From CalBirds:


Farallones mouse eradication public comment notice


Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:25 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

"Steve Hampton" tertial

The plan to eradicate the non-native house mouse (to benefit Ashy
Storm-Petrels and others) on SE Farallon Island is now out for public
comment.

Commenting is extremely easy on-line:

1) go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!home
2) enter FWS-R8-NWRS- 2013-0036 in the box.
3) click "comment now"

Even a short comment should only take a few minutes.

I've been involved with the funding and design of this project from the
start and can tell you it has the support of all the seabird biologists in
the state. We anticipate the benefits will be as good as when we did the
rat eradication on Anacapa (see an excellent 4 min video on that at
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=yG4mLKN6LT0&fe ature=youtu. be ). Note the
project design (which uses rodenticide) has been used many times in New
Zealand and elsewhere with great success.

The public comment period closes Sept 30, but I hear it will be extended.
At the moment, pro-mouse comments are bombarding the website, so we can
use all the positive intelligent comments we can get.

thanks,

    
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Unbelievable, I guess we could blame Walt Disney.

It only takes a couple of minutes to show your support
and thwart the rodent lobby.

DO IT!!!!!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 27, 2013 - 08:37am PT
Golden Eagles are bad asses...

http://now.msn.com/golden-eagle-photographed-attacking-a-deer-from-above-and-dragging-it-off?ocid=ansnow11
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 28, 2013 - 11:50am PT
Reilly, I was unable to check the disclaimer box and submit my comment.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 28, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
Dee, don't know what to say, it was quick and easy for me.
Maybe the site is having issues?
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 28, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Reilly,

Thanks for reminding me. I need to get my comments in before we leave on Monday. I think that is last day for comments, too. This is a really a crucial restoration effort that is being held up by folks from Wildcare, a wildlife rehab center in Marin. They are making an inappropriate parallel with the widespread inappropriate use of this rodenticide on land. They are using specious arguments to get people to sign their petition, such as this is the "new DDT" and claiming that it is unknown what will happen, when this has been carried out very successfully on numerous other islands, such as Anacapa. I know at least two people that signed the petition without hearing the other side and regretted it.

Here is a nice video showing what it is like on the islands with the huge number of breeding seabirds and other wildlife.
Two Minutes on Southeast Farallon Island/23880275
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 28, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
I will try again.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 28, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Dave,

It worked for me. I composed my comments in MS Word and pasted them into the box. After providing contact info and checking the disclaimer, it went through.

Here is another related video of the Farallones:
Birds of Southeast Farallon Island

Here is a (non-hysterical) description of the mouse eradication program:
http://www.prbo.org/cms/627

Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Sep 28, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Credit: Slater

Sometimes you feel like a nut...
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