I presumed it was not a pelagic birding trip, just a cruise up the Inward
Passage. I was on such a trip, with a group from upstate New York, where we
spent a whole lot of time on the bow - birding. We drew a crowd of birders
and non-birders alike, some of whom were part of the trip, many others, not.
Standing with a scope on the bow of a ship for hours draws a lot of
attention. I enjoyed showing the tourists and deck joggers a Fulmar or
Shearwater or Albatross or Puffin or two...
And, those ships are not the likely source of cases of "mal-de-mer" as the
fishing trawlers off the New England coast are.
I'm ready to go back. Anyone want to join me?
The Greener County,
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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of - Maeve Kim
Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 7:56 AM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] [OT] Alaska Birds / Photos
No ideas about the mysteries but I do have a question about why so few
birders were on board: were they seasick? I went on a pelagic trip last June
Maine and fully a third of the poor birders, who had spent good money and
equipped with all sorts of optics and loads of excitement, spent the entire
either draped over the rail or lying flat on their backs on hard benches.
outing became known as the Voyage of the Damned. (I was lucky - once I moved
from my original spot right next to the chum buckets - and saw awesome
It might be a worthwhile discussion for people to share seasickness