Seabirds in Monterey, CA–Part 2 Shearwaters

Sooty Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater–uniformly dark above, dark bill, and silvery under the wings


Four species of Shearwaters were seen on our Pelagic Trip out of Monterey Harbor: Sooty, Pink-footed, Flesh-footed, and Buller’s.  Some of the leaders also saw Short-tailed Shearwaters.   I was not confident in distinguishing them from Sootys, so I did not count this species.


Sooty Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater has a 40″ wingspan, and silver wing linings.


Pink-footed Shearwater

Pink-footed Shearwater has a pinkish bill and smudgy-white belly and underwings


Pink-footed Shearwater

A raft of Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters–they really do have pink legs!


Flesh-footed Shearwater

Flesh-footed Shearwater has a pale bill, but is dark all over.


Buller's Shearwater

Buller’s Shearwater has a dark “M” across the upper wings–he’s jazzy!


If you missed Part 1, you will find it here.  To see more information about booking a trip with Shearwater Journeys, click here.   For Debi Shearwater’s blog and trip reports, click here.






Lauren Shaffer

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