Pelagic Birding Florida – Gallery of Bird Photos
This is Florida’s first seen and photographed Fea’s Petrel while on a pelagic trip on June 5, 2016. It took a 15-minute chase at 25 knots to get some decent photos. I wasn’t about to let an incredible find like this get away.
Pelagic Birding produced this Black-capped Petrel. It was seen in 140′ of water while birding south Florida on a fishing trip off Elliot Key. It flew just inside of the boat on its way south.
A staple here in south Florida, Brown Booby is the one species we’ve seen on every pelagic trip since 2005. This is a fine example of an adult.
White-tailed Tropicbird just 5 miles off Elliot Key. Always an awesome bird to see!
Red-billed Tropicbird off Elliot Key on the same date that we found another RBTR one year before! Photo by Larry Manfredi.
Arctic Tern off Miami. Here it just caught a small fish and it’s in the process of flipping it so it can swallow it head first. This bird was seen on May 4th as it was migrating north to its breeding grounds.
Adult Pomarine Jaeger checking out the boat. Jaegers are seen frequently on our pelagic trips.
Red-footed Booby off Key Biscayne.
Leach’s Storm-Petrel. On this day we had three storm-petrel species feeding in the chum slick.
Wilson’s Storm-Petrels feeding. Always a fun bird to watch on the water.
Audubon’s Shearwater flock feeding in the Gulfstream. Audubon’s Shearwater is our most common shearwater.
Brown Noddy off Miami.
Bridled Terns will often land on floating debris.
Young Red-footed Booby. The last 3 Red-footed Booby seen in Florida outside the Dry Tortugas were seen from my boat near Miami.
Long-tailed (left) and Parasitic (right) Jaegers flying south in October. Trey Mitchell took this photo while we cruised at 20 kts alongside the two birds! Pelagic Birding is challenging, but pelagic bird photography is even more so. But the Xenia V is a great platform.
Red-necked Phalarope coming in for a landing
Red-necked Phalaropes sitting on the water