Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day Seven of my Log of the Searcher Natural History Tour Around the Baja by Boat January 29, 2011

It is now day seven of the trip and we rounded Cabo San Lucas and are now in the Gulf of California. There was again another spectacular sunrise. 
Sunrise

Observing the Sunrise from he Searcher

We motored to the Gorda Banks where humpback whales congregate. As we were enjoying breakfast, a hydrophone was lowered into the water and we were entertained by listening to the humpback whales singing. I have heard humpback whale songs on CDs, but it is different actually hearing them sing, while it is occurring. We spent the morning observing humpback whales breaching, flipper slapping and diving showing us their flukes. There were also groups of bottlenose Dolphins along with false killer whales observed.


Humpback Whale Flipper Slapping

Humpback Whale Breach

Humpback Whale Fluke

Humpback Whales
Humpback Whale Breach

Humpback Whale Breach

W also saw some pelagic bird species

Pink-footed Shearwater


In the afternoon, we landed at Los Frailes / Cabo Pulmo Marine Park and toured the island. In the campground, the campers had set up bird feeders and Hummingbird feeders to attract the birds. Numerous species of birds were observed. Some of our group snorkeled.


Costa's Hummingbird

Cardon Cactus

Common Ground-dove

Hooded Oriole

Ruddy Ground Dove

Hooded Oriole


The orioles also utilized the hummingbird feeders 

Costa's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird

Snowy Plover




After this interesting visit to the Marine Park, the searcher then started heading North toward our next destination.