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Hawaiin Petrel ©  Scott Terrill 2014
Hawaiian Petrel
Monterey Bay
© Scott Terrill
Greetings, Seabirders,
The year 2013 was a fabulous one for seabirding with Shearwater Journeys. Day after beautiful day, we enjoyed fabulous sea conditions and the spectacle of the fall seabird migration and feeding of up to 100 humpback whales and 20 blue whales each day, along the Central Coast of California. The single most spectacular highlight of the fall season was the mega-rarity, HAWAIIAN PETREL on our Aug. 2, Monterey Bay trip. LAYSAN ALBATROSS was recorded on many of our trips. Rare in California, a GREAT SHEARWATER was observed on several of our Half Moon Bay trips and Monterey Bay. During our 2012 season, HAWAIIAN PETREL was a highlight on the Sep. 21 Bodega Bay trip. The Pacific Ocean's only NORTHERN GANNET was seen on both of our trips to the Farallon Islands, August 4 and October 20. Indeed, the list of rare seabirds found on Shearwater Journeys' trips is unsurpassed. Our August trips to the Farallon Islands continues with a 100% success rate in seeing TUFTED PUFFINS, up close at their breeding colony. Of course, the regular fall migrants were recorded throughout the season. Shearwater Journeys continues to operate the broadest most comprehensive selection of seabirding trips on the west coast. Some 1,325 birders participated on 36 day long trips in 2013, finding many seabirds and marine mammals. Our friendly and knowledgable leaders have worldwide seabirding experience.

EXPEDITION VOYAGES: Join Debi Shearwater on one of the world's most incredible expedition voyages to New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands: Bounty, Antipodes, Campbell, Auckland, Macquarie, and the Chatham Islands, 9 - 25 November 2014. This is a "bookend" voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula voyage. We shall see many species of penguins, albatrosses, petrels and other wildlife. Ask Debi about the details. SOLD OUT Ask to be put on the waiting list.

Coming in May/June 2016: voyages to the Russian Far East — Kurils and Sea of Okhotsk! Get on our advance list now by emailing Debi!

Check out the 2014 schedule and send your reservation to:
Debi Shearwater photo by Herb Clarke
Debi Shearwater
POB 190
Hollister, CA 95024
Phone: 831-637-8527
debi@shearwaterjourneys.com

Looking forward to the 36th year of seabirding with you! - Debi Shearwater


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Howdy, SEAbirders,

Shearwater Journeys had an excellent pelagic seabirding trip departing from Bodega Bay, September 19, 2014. Highlights included: a single GUADALUPE MURRELET, spotted by the one-eyed leader, which offered excellent views and photographic opportunities for all on board. To my knowledge, this is the first documented Guadalupe Murrelet in Central/Northern California for the past 16 years.

Other highlights included: 22 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 1 NORTHERN (PACIFIC) FULMAR; 341 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, 50 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; 1 WILSONS, 3 ASHY and 315 BLACK STORM-PETRELS; POMARINE (23), PARASITIC (12) and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS (3); 3 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS; a good sized group of migrating ARCTIC TERNS (180) and SABINE'S GULLS (48) which were feeding; 100 COMMON MURRES; 3 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 20 CASSIN'S AUKLETS; 80 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; and one, beautiful adult TUFTED PUFFIN.

A solitary male KILLER WHALE appeared to be on a kill and possibly dragging it to his pod mates. Many birds, including storm-petrels and albatrosses were feeding at the initial kill site. We did not see what he killed. A RIVER OTTER was near Hole in the Head in the morning. Offshore sightings included: AMERICAN PIPIT, WILSON'S SNIPE and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Marine conditions were good with a long period swell and ground fog had lifted by 10 am, with uniformly high overcast skies for the remainder of the 10 hour trip. Perfect. Sea surface temperatures ranged from a low of 63 to an incredible high of 66.5! ("Normal" SST's would be in the high 50's, maybe reaching 60 at an edge).

Spaces are still available on all of our upcoming trips, although some trips are nearly full. Leaders keep adding to the Wednesday, September 24th Half Moon Bay, "Leaders Bonanza" trip. Leaders on this date now include: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Jon Dunn, Adam Searcy, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater. NINE leaders!

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival is coming up next week.

Scott & Linda Terrill will present a seabird workshop, Thursday, September 25 from 3:30 to 5 pm. Kenn Kaufman will present the keynote on Saturday, September 27 at 7 pm. (All part of the festival).

Shearwater Journeys will host the following pelagic trips in conjunction with the festival:
SEP. 25: Jon Dunn, Nick Levendosky, Jim Danzenbaker, Adam Searcy
SEP. 26: Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, Scott & Linda Terrill
SEP. 27: Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Danzenbaker, Steve Tucker, Jennifer Green
SEP. 28: Gerry McChesney, Rick Fournier, Courtenay Ray, Marissa Ortega-Welch


Finally, we shall close out our fall season earlier than usual this year with the following trips:
OCT. 4 MONTEREY: Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Jennifer Green
OCT. 5 HALF MOON BAY: Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Dena Spatz, Abe Borker, Courtenay Ray
OCT. 11: MONTEREY BAY: Gerry McChesney, Rick Fournier, Nick Levendosky
OCT. 12: HALF MOON BAY: Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Courtenay Ray

RESERVATIONS: Please email me, Debi Shearwater: for a reservation. I shall be on all of the above trips.

Hoping to see you 'out there'
Shearwaters Forever,
~ Debi Shearwater ~

Pacific Odyssey Voyages: April/May 2015
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016- with Debi



Recent Trips

"Your knowledge (plus that of your fabulous leaders), combined with your enthusiasm, made for a fantastic trip. Thank you! I'm a dedicated Shearwater Journeys fan."
Pamela

"We really enjoyed the boat trip and greatly appreciate your teaching, wisdom and enthusiasm. Thanks again for your leadership in opening up a world of wonder for my son."
Josh

Salvin's Albatross ©  Todd McGrath 2014
Salvin's Albatross
Half-Moon Bay
© Todd McGrath

"Great memories of our pelagic trip, October 26 - got 13 life birds."
Jon & Shirley

"Thanks for the great look at the Hawaiian petrel and nice to meet you. All the storm-petrels were pretty nice too. Hope to get out on one of your trips again soon."
Rob


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