Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Results - March 7 Golfito pelagic

Wedge-tailed Shearwater, photo by Juan Diego Vargas.

On March 7, 2009 a pelagic birding trip took place aboard the "Reina del Sur" (25 foot covered ferry-panga type boat with 175hp outboard) from the dock at Mar y Luna, Golfito, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Birding particpants: Andrew Robertson, Alison Olivieri, Julie Girard, Dionisio Paniagua, Victor PĂ©rez, Carlos Gonzalez, Janet Peterson, Juan Diego Vargas, Jim Zook. 06:10-15:05. Farthest point out into open ocean was 41.7 kms (25 miles) SW of Cabo Blanco (tip of Osa Peninsula/mouth of Gulfo Dulce). We had planned to be out until 16:00 but decided to cut it short because of wind and a choppy sea. Overall it was pretty quiet. We saw very few marine mammals, though perhaps the best sighting of the trip was a female Orca (Killer Whale). Also no fisihing boats. We had good looks at all species except for the Bridled Terns and some flying Phalaropes.

Here is the species list:

10 - Wedge-tailed Shearwater
4 - Audubon's Shearwaters
14 - Brown Booby
17 - Brown Pelican
9 - Magnificent Frigatebird
3 - Phalarope sp.
43 - Laughing Gull
2 - Bridled Tern
126 - Black Tern
14 - Sandwich Tern
36 - Royal Tern
6 - Barn Swallow


Barbara Jo said...

Aye Que Cosa!
Is the Jim Zook who wrote me about the World Map Project Dec 4, 1989? I hope so! I would like to send you a copy of your letter as well as find out if you have any pics of your World Map Project (and find out if you ever made the relief map) Please email me at and if there are others in your group with world map project pics, I'm looking to add them to the World Map Project website (
If this isn't Costa Rica RPCV Jim Zook, well, I hope you're doing well too...

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