Sunday, March 17, 2019

RBA: SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS off Tofino - March 17th

At 11 am on March 17-2019, Douglas Martin spotted an immature Short-tailed Albatross during a pelagic with Ocean Outfitters on the “Miss B. Haven”, out of Tofino. All 12 on board were able to see and photograph the bird well, before it flew off after 15 minutes. The bird was banded on its right leg. 15 Laysan Albatrosses were also seen during this pelagic. This is the second year in a row that a Short-tailed Albatross was seen off a pelagic in BC; as 3 were seen on a similar trip on March 24th-2018.

Map to exact location bird was seen HERE.

This is the 46th reported record for the province of BC.
(The actual number of sightings is likely higher than what is reported by birders).

Immature Short-tailed Albatross off Tofino - Photo: Ilya Povalyaev
Short-tailed Albatross off Tofino - Photo: Cathy Reader

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