Thursday, May 8, 2008

Golfito Pelagic Birding Trip

Costa Rica Gateway organized a full day pelagic birding trip for 5 people (Kevin and Steven Easley, Magdalena Sánchez, Bart Browne and Jim Zook) out of Golfito on May 5, 2008. We went on the 28 ft. "Rosa Maria V" captained by Jay Belseski. The boat reached a point in open ocean about 45 km SW of Punta Matapalo (tip of the Osa Peninsula) before we turned back to port. Weather was fine with mild seas and no rain. The total number of birds was rather low but there was an excellent selection of species. The wonderful images shown above were taken by steady handed Steven Easley.

Puffinus pacificus Wedge-tailed Shearwater 1
Puffinus lherminieri Audubon's Shearwater 19
Shearwater sp. 1
Oceanodroma leucorhoa Leach's Storm-Petrel (dark-rump) 1
Storm-Petrel sp. 1
Phaethon aethereus Red-billed Tropicbird 1
Sula leucogaster Brown Booby 18
Pelecanus occidentalis Brown Pelican 4
Fregata magnificens Magnificent Frigatebird 3
Bubulcus ibis Cattle Egret 6
Numenius phaeopus Whimbrel 1
Calidris melanotos Pectoral Sandpiper 17
Larus atricilla Laughing Gull 18
Xema sabini Sabine's Gull 1
Anous stolidus Brown Noddy 3
Onychoprion anaethetus Bridled Tern 4
Chlidonias niger Black Tern 71
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 6
Thalasseus maximus Royal Tern 18

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