Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Memorial Day Wildlife Weekend

Laysan Albatross
Laysan Albatross
I have previously written about "The Memorial Day weekend double-overnight Whales and Seabirds trip aboard SEARCHER " http://photobee1.blogspot.com/2010/06/memorial-day-weekend-pelagic-trip.html, however, I did not include any photographs, in that blog. There is another Memorial Day Wildlife Weekend that will take place from May 26-May 28, 2012.  The trip leaves from San Diego aboard the Searcher and cruises to the deep offshore waters of San Diego, stopping at 9 Mile Bank, Cortes Bank, and Los Coronados Islands.  The full itinerary and other information can be seen at http://www.bajawhale.com/weekends/wildlife-weekend-1/.
I have taken 2 trips aboard the Searcher and have enjoyed them immensely.  My first was the Memorial Day Wildlife Weekend and I also went on the 12 day Baja Whale cruise.  The crew and naturalists are outstanding, the chefs are four stars.  The cabins are adequate for the time that you are going to be in them.
Now here are a selection of some of the wildlife that you could see on the trip.
- _Long-beacked Common Dolphin DSC5214seacher day 1 May 29, 2010 NIKON D300
Long-beaked Common Dolphin Family
- Black-footed Albatross-Western Gulls-food MSB_7374 searcher day 3 May 31, 2010 NIKON D300S
Black-footed Albatross coming in to get some of the food that the Western Gulls are feeding on
- Blue Whale FlukeMSB_7692 searcher day 3 May 31, 2010 NIKON D300S
Blue Whale Fluke

- Dolphin Pod_DSC5257seacher day 1 May 29, 2010 NIKON D300
Dolphin Pod

- Fin Whale- MSB_7137seacher day 2 May 30, 2010 NIKON D300S
Fin Whale you can see  the white markings on the side of its face
- Humpback Whale MSB_7538 searcher day 3 May 31, 2010 NIKON D300S
Pacific Humpback Whale
- Long-beaked Common Dolphin_DSC5229seacher day 1 May 29, 2010 NIKON D300
Long-beaked Common Dolphin underwater
Pink-footed Shearwater
Pink-footed Albatross
Southy Polar Skua
South Polar Skua
Risso's Dolphin
Risso's Dolphin
Elegant Tern
Elegant Tern
Xantus' Murrelet
Xantus's Murrelet
- Pacific Whited-sided Dolphin-MSB_7287seacher day 2 May 30, 2010 NIKON D300S
White-sided Pacific Dophins
- Red-billed Tropic BirdMSB_6741seacher day 1-Edit May 29, 2010 NIKON D300S
Red-billed Tropic Bird
Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-billed Tropic Bird