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Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The two main chapters cover Marine Mammals (Orca; Whales; Dolphins and Porpoises; Sea Lions, Fur Seals, and Elephant Seal; Rarer Marine Mammals) and Seabirds (Albatrosses, Shearwaters and Fulmar, Strom-Petrels, Phalaropes, Alcids, Red-billed Tropicbird, Brown Booby, South Polar Skua, Jaegers, Gulls and Terns, Rarer Seabirds). Tail, fin, blow, and back for whales; fin, back, leaping whole body, and tail splashes for dolphins and porpoises.

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Greater White-fronted Goose in Queens

10,000 Birds

I searched the entire northern end of the park, including the golf course, the reflecting pool, the open water by Porpoise Bridge, and every open grassy spot I could find. After all, birding under a highway is not exactly my idea of a pleasant experience. Back on Friday, 12 February, I was dismayed when I read the weekly New York City Rare Bird Alert email. You see, someone had reported a Greater White-fronted Goose at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

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Swimming with dolphins

10,000 Birds

I had my first swim with Inshore Bottlenose Dolphins in Northland’s Bay of Islands back in 2000, and it was a tripy experience. This is one of the smallest dolphin species in the world, not much bigger than the common Harbour Porpoise Americans might be familiar with. So if you are after a unique dolphin experience you could do worse than this New Zealand speciality.

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California’s Autumn Seas

10,000 Birds

Visiting this area for the first time after seeing it for month was a crazy experience. California Sea Lions porpoised through the clear water. Autumn, or fall, as Americans persist in calling it, is not a season I am experiencing at the moment. Because of my location it is actually spring at the moment, but as a subtropical storm lashing the North island is bringing frosty southerlies at the moment I might be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

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Seabirding off Cape Point

10,000 Birds

This may be the most awesome pelagic you’ll ever experience… For me it was the publication in 1984 of Peter Harrison’s ground-breaking identification guide to ‘ Seabirds ’ that opened up the off-shore world of pelagic birding right on Cape Town’s door step. African Black Oystercatcher All in all, a pelagic trip off Cape Town is a memorable and unforgettable experience, certainly a ‘must do’ for any dedicated birder visiting South Africa.

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