[Tweeters] Seattle-Bainbridge ferry Jaegers

Nathaniel Peters ncpeters at uw.edu
Thu Sep 20 16:07:25 PDT 2018


...and am comfortable with the overall direction my species IDing process
went.



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

>

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> May the* F*lu*OR*escen*CE* be with you!

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> Nathaniel Peters Ph.D.

> University of Washington

> ncpeters at uw.edu

>

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May the* F*lu*OR*escen*CE* be with you!
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Nathaniel Peters Ph.D.
University of Washington
ncpeters at uw.edu
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