New Trip Reports: Three Easy Mammalwatching Destinations (Monterey Bay, Fraser’s Hill & Queensland’s Dugongs)

  1. Charles Hood 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this. For Monterey, it is of course a must-do site for birding, so the “start-stop” dates for species there are well known. (The eBird list for Monterey has 499 species on it.) Sabine’s Gull for example is a rare fall migrant, while the more expected Black-footed Albatross starts in early summer and generally carries on into early October. Vivek Menon and I missed albatross this year on an early November boat; earlier in the season you might even see one from shore. Your trip had the expected range of seabirds for mid-fall, but I just want to caution those who don’t bird California often that the bird list is highly seasonal. You have a chance for Sabine’s Gull more or less just one month out of the year and the other 11 months… not. And last, for whales, I do want to recommend Monterey Bay Whale Watch as first among equals. For seabird trips, also look at the trips run by Alvaro Jaramillo (“Alvaro’s Adventures”). / Charles Hood

    • Mattia from Italy 3 years ago

      Regarding whales, it seems that the Magellanic Strait between Punta Arenas and Porvenir (Tierra del Fuego) is a very reliable place in summer for the rare Sei Whale. They started to come more or less 10 years ago, and now are quite common.

  2. Michael Johnson 3 years ago

    I did the trip in late August, 24th August to be precise, so it sounds as if I might have been very lucky with the Sabine’s gull. The two things I think are unique about this trip is that it was a 12 hour trip with a very small number of passengers. I couldn’t find anything similar with any other company.

  3. Murray Lord 2 years ago

    For anyone looking for Dugongs north of Brisbane, a cheaper option is this morning tea tour in the Pumicestone Passage near Bribie Island: When I did it a couple of years ago we saw several, and the crew told me they see them most days they go out.

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