Travis in the Pribs: Part Deux

Yesterday was all about quality over quantity for Travis as fog and high winds dominated the morning on St. Paul Island. Despite the rough viewing conditions, highlights included Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, over 1000 Red Phalaropes on the ocean, and jaegers in the fog on land. Travis watched this POMARINE JAEGER (#417) take turns with Arctic Foxes feeding on a Northern Fur Seal carcass.

Long-tailed Jaeger feeding on Northern Fur Seal carcass (© Tom Johnson)

Pomarine Jaeger (© Tom Johnson)

The St. Paul Island Tours crew accompanied Travis to the north end of the island where they viewed over 30 Long-tailed Jaegers and 2 Parasitic Jaegers walking around a small patch of tundra. How awesome is that!?

 

Long-tailed Jaeger in flight (© Tom Johnson)

Long-tailed Jaeger in flight (© Tom Johnson)

Later in the day the wind died and fog lifted to reveal more of the beautiful fauna that make this location famous.

Black-legged and Red-legged Kittiwakes (© Tom Johnson)

Black-legged and Red-legged Kittiwakes (© Tom Johnson)

Both Kittiwakes perched for a photo together, and this Fur Seal struck up a conversation with Tom on the finer points of the lubricant-free (metal-on-metal) focusing mechanism in all Leica binoculars: no matter how extremely hot or cold, it performs exactly the same. Now THAT’S German engineering!*

Northern Fur Seal (© Tom Johnson)

Northern Fur Seal (© Tom Johnson)

*translating Fur Seal is not an exact science

 

Thanks to Doug Gochfeld, Scott Schuette, Cameron Cox and Tom Johnson for escorting Travis around the island, Doug for submitting the eBird checklist, and Tom for filing this report.

 

Bird Quiz Answer: The bird featured in the excerpt for this post is an immature Slaty-backed Gull. For those of you who missed it, here’s the pic:

Immature Slaty-backed Gull (© Tom Johnson)

Immature Slaty-backed Gull (© Tom Johnson)