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Birds -- Farallon pelagic, July 31, 2011

An exceptionally interesting pelagic trip from Half Moon Bay to the Farallons and back via the edge of deep water south of the islands; this was the debut of Alvaro Jaramillo's new bird-oriented tour company, Alvaro's Adventures. Highlights included nesting Tufted Puffins at Southeast Farallon Island, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Cassin's Auklets, masses of nesting Common Murres at the island, two close-viewed Blue Whales, several Humpback Whales, many dolphins, sea lions including Steller's and Northern Fur Seal, and many other seabirds and marine mammals regular to the Central California coast at this time of year.
Tufted Puffin, breeding plumage, taking off
Tufted Puffin, breeding plumage, taking off
Tufted Puffins, at nest sites on cliff
Tufted Puffins, at nest sites on cliff
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Cassin's Auklet
Cassin's Auklet
Rhiniceros Auklet, juvenile
Rhiniceros Auklet, juvenile
Sabine's Gull
Sabine's Gull
Long-tailed Jaeger, adult breeding
Long-tailed Jaeger, adult breeding
Black-footed Albatrosses, fighting over fish
Black-footed Albatrosses, fighting over fish
Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross
Northern Fulmar
Northern Fulmar
Common Murres, roosting on cliff
Common Murres, roosting on cliff
Common Murres, flying
Common Murres, flying
Common Murres
Common Murres
Sooty Shearwater, taking off
Sooty Shearwater, taking off
Surfbird, partial breeding plumage
Surfbird, partial breeding plumage
Elegant Tern
Elegant Tern
Heermann's Gull, juvenile
Heermann's Gull, juvenile
Western Gull, juvenile
Western Gull, juvenile
Steller's Sea Lion above California Sea Lion
Steller's Sea Lion above California Sea Lion
Humpback Whale, flukes
Humpback Whale, flukes