Photographs taken on BOATRIDES FROM VINALHAVEN MAINE ABOARD SKUA, A 36' Jarvis Newman hull, driven by John Drury.
Specializing in birding trips to Seal Island NWR off Mid coast Maine, a 3 1/2 hour tour, last Great Cormorant Colony in the US.
largest puffin colony in Maine, Razorbills, Murre, Arctic terns, Black guillemots,
Maybe a whale, More information at https://www.maineseabirdtours.com,
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Aug 18, Vinalhaven, Stonington, Seal Island, minke whale, Sunfish, jaegers, Tropicbird
August 18, posted October 10,
Love Money Dreams, east side of Vinalhaven
Crotch Island, grout bank
Minke whale, between Isle au Haut and Seal Island
a couple of felonius skua, aka parasitic Jaeger, or Arctic skua, little bill, big wings,
white at the base of the primaries,
Something in the water,
Sunfish, mola mola, a big one.
Female grey seal, Seal Island.
This years great Cormorants, and hen eider.
Comb jellys there were lots of them out there some days
Arctic and common terns
Common terns and seaside goldenrod
We watched a young guillemot launch itself,
out from under a rock onto the rolling sea
This trip was in the afternoon in hopes of seeing the Tropicbird and he showed up.
This was the last day that I saw the bird, though it was seen at the island on Aug 24, last seen the 25th last year.
We saw more jaegers on the way in chasing terns.
It is always a thrill to see this flying competition.
A sooty shearwater flew by as I was taking pictures of the jargers and just happened to get in the picture.
We also saw a couple of manx shearwater, I think we saw a couple of greater shearwater as well.
Another sunfish this one smaller about 3 feet across, the other was 5 or 6'
East side of Vinalhaven,
The next few days it was fog, late august fog spell for several days, luckily it waited until after today,