On the way out of the harbor, we stopped for the Brown Booby on the channel marker at the end of the jetty, this time more cooperative for photos. See photo below.
|cooperative Brown Booby|
|Arch, east end of Anacapa Island|
I saw at least five different Blue-footed Boobies flying and sitting on the cliffs, but there were at least eight announced as being present. The light was not perfect, because was hard to get the sun at our back on the boat near the cliffs for perfect photography. Nonetheless, it was a good show!
|Blue-footed Booby, showing blue feet|
We went around Santa Cruz Island and then headed out to sea, and headed past Santa Nicolas Island toward Santa Barbara Island and then back to Ventura. We saw a good variety in our species list for the day: Parasitic, Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Black-vented, Pink-footed, Sooty and Buller's Shearwaters, Heerman's and Western Gulls, Red-necked Phalaropes, Cassin's Auklets and an Arctic Tern. There may have been a few Black Storm-Petrels near the end of the trip as we were returning to Ventura.
We arrived back at the dock in Ventura at sunset. See photo.
|Sunset, Ventura Harbor|
No new birds for the year on this Ventura pelagic trip. The total remains the same as on October 11.