Flying over the Pacific Ocean at 30 knots aboard the Condor Express on March 1, 2009 in flat calm conditions with blue skies and golden seas stretching for miles in all directions - pure heaven on earth. . . . AND we found Parakeet Auklets! Whoo-hooo! Video by: W. Terry "Tuna" Hunefeld. Best viewed full screen by clicking the icon near the lower right hand corner of the video beneath the "you" in YOU TUBE. Enjoy!
This 13-hour trip departs from the Santa Barbara Harbor at 7:00 a.m. on the fast catamaran Condor Express and returns approx 8:00 p.m. We will cruise along the deep water shelf by the San Juan Seamount. Birds to be expected: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar; Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters; Black, Ashy, and Leach’s Storm-Petrels; South Polar Skua; Pomarine Jaeger; Pigeon Guillemot; Common Murre; Xantus's Murrelets.
Other 2009 trip highlites included a well photographed Red-billed Tropicbird, a briefly seen Wilson's Storm-Petrel, 178 Leach's Storm-Petrels, 4 Blue Whales and 4 Humpback Whales. 2009 Trip Report.
RESERVATIONS: Reservations are $195. Call Condor Cruises(805) 882-0088 for reservations and trip status.
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This trip will take us to the 2000+ fathom water around the San Juan Seamount. At this time of year potential rarities include Cook's and Hawaiian Petrel. Red-billed Tropicbirds are uncommon at this season, but seen regularly. Our July 2007 trip found a Tristam's Storm-petrel, highlighting the opportunity for rarities that exist at this time of year.
This is also an excellent time to study various subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrel, including the summer breeders from Guadalupe Island, which are a good candidate for a split. The southern race of Xantus's Murrelet as well as Craveri's Murrelet are possible on this trip.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Trips on this website are sponsored by different organizations using different boats departing from different landings and harbors. As such, policies vary from trip to trip. This trip is subject to the policies of Condor Cruises (805) 882-0088. When registering, please familiarize yourself regarding their reservation, cancellation, refund and substitution policies as well as reviewing driving directions, check-in times, procedures and equipment allowed on the boats.
Buller's Shearwater (c) Dave Pereksta
(c) Todd McGrath and Jon Feenstra
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