Fea’s Petrel off Elliot Key

Fea’s Petrel Off Elliot Key.

Unbelievable. We found the 2nd record for Fea’s Petrel in Florida, and the first to be seen and photographed. The 1st record was a banded bird that the transmissions showed it in Florida waters. We were drifting next to a chum slick we put out in 1,000 feet of water, and after a half hour I decided to run into shallower water. Just then we saw a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel flying towards the slick. Thanks to that Storm-Petrel, we hung around a little while longer, and saw a bird about 1/2 mile offshore do a very interesting arc while flying north. I put the Xenia V at 25 knots and quickly intercepted the bird, which we quickly identified as a Fea’s Petrel. We chased it for 15 minutes at 25 knots barely keeping up, but luckily it made a couple of turns to the south and we got some decent shots. Larry got some killer photos, so hopefully he’ll post them later. Here’s our trip list:

Fea’s Petrel

Audubon’s Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Cory’s Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel

Brown Booby
Bridled Tern
Sooty Tern
Black Tern

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