[Tweeters] Seattle-Bainbridge ferry Jaegers
ncpeters at uw.edu
Thu Sep 20 16:07:25 PDT 2018
...and am comfortable with the overall direction my species IDing process
On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 4:05 PM Nathaniel Peters <ncpeters at uw.edu> wrote:
> Howdy Tweets,
> I felt like I hit the jackpot today while crossing from Seattle to
> Bainbridge on the 9:35AM ferry with 2 jaeger sightings! I’ve never seen
> jaegers from a ferry before, and these sightings were quite close.
> 5 min after leaving the Seattle terminal, a jaeger that struck me as
> having a relatively light, buoyant flight, and relatively slim, narrow
> body, for a jaeger, flew straight at the boat then past undereath me from
> about 100 feet away. Through binoculars I noted the dark back, contrasting
> barring under the wing and around the tail (beautiful!) with a lighter head
> and bright windows on the underwings. There appeared to be a small
> projection of the central tail feathers. It felt good for juvenile,
> light/lighter morph Long-tailed, but I am very much still a learner when it
> comes to “the nuances of jaeger,” and Parasitic could also be possible. I
> did not think it had the barrel-chested, heavier appearance of a Pomarine.
> Later, 5 min out from the Bainbridge terminal, I saw an adult, light morph
> jaeger on the water. It was quite close, maybe 100-150 feet away. It had
> a very dark back with light breast and neck and a contrasting dark cap. As
> we passed it took flight, showing white windows on the underwing. I felt
> it had a bit bigger of a body than the first jaeger, and pointed but not
> notably long central tail feathers. This bird felt pretty good to me for
> light morph adult Parasiticp ll.
> Happy for any comments or questions. I am positive that they were both
> jaegers, and am
> May the* F*lu*OR*escen*CE* be with you!
> Nathaniel Peters Ph.D.
> University of Washington
> ncpeters at uw.edu
May the* F*lu*OR*escen*CE* be with you!
Nathaniel Peters Ph.D.
University of Washington
ncpeters at uw.edu
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