Salaverry, the first of several tugboats appeared from the fog. Soon, a few gulls appeared in the distance. They would later be identified as Gray Gulls with their dark bodies and whitish heads. A few Inca Terns also made an appearance, but not in the numbers I’d seen a few days ago in southern Peru. I’m assuming that their numbers are tailing off as we head farther north.
I would later see some Yellow-billed Terns, but they would not come in close enough to photograph. Their bills are much thinner than the Large-billed Terns that have heavy yellow bills.
Closer to the rocks were a half-dozen Sanderlings, and numerous red crabs on the rocks. On the nearer piers were hundreds more Franklin’s Gulls, but with scattered Belcher’s Gulls and a few Black Skimmers.
When we pulled out of port at 4:30 pm we were greeted by hundreds of Peruvian Boobies, more terns, and a few scattered pelagic seabirds, but they were too far to scope. Hopefully, tomorrow.
We are at sea all day.