We took pills for seasickness at 5 AM, and we arrived at the San Diego Birding Festival to grab a bite to eat before we headed out to sea. Joe doesn’t do well on the water, but this was a huge opportunity for us to see pelagic birds, which stay out on the open ocean. Many aren’t visible from the shore, standing on firm ground, so it took getting on the boat if we were going to see them.
Our cameras weren’t good enough to get clear images of most of the sea birds. Taking photos of moving birds while we were swaying on the boat is not an art we have mastered. One of our guides on the trip, Matthew Binns, asked if we’d like to have a few of his images. Yes, please!
The next day, back on firm land, we hopped on a small bus and headed out for an 11-hour epic birdwatching trip. The goal was to see 100 different bird species in one day.
We went strong from 6 AM until 5 PM when the search ended. How else could we have seen 131 different bird species in just that one day? A record for us! Add to that the birds we saw on our own, and other birds seen at the festival, and we ended with 153 bird species seen during our visit to San Diego. For us – that’s extraordinary.