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At Sea, Gulf of Mexico

Owner Jason White

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  1. Number observed: 2
  2. Number observed: 2
  3. Number observed: 1

    Details: White bird with long tail feathers and black wing tips. Orange bill. This bird was observed far out to sea between Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico flying low along the water. I watched the bird through a spotting scope from our stateroom balcony (on a cruise ship) as it flew toward the ship then turned east giving me a profile view. The long tail became visible at that point which allowed me to rule out Royal Tern. Unlikely that it could have been an Egret do to the shorter neck and dark markings. The White-tailed Tropicbird seemed like the most likely identification given all the factors.

  4. Number observed: 1

    Details: Small Shearwater, blackish brown above and white below. Dark undertail coverts. This bird was seen through a spotting scope from our stateroom balcony on a cruise ship. We were far out to sea traveling from Jamaica to Cozumel, Mexico and I could just make out Cuba's southern coast line on the horizon. Given size, color pattern, date & location and the distance from shore (10+ miles), I have concluded the Audubon's Shearwater is the most likely candidate for this identification.