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ianhlnd 08-16-2008 07:34 PM

Bird Attack !!
Crossing the Sea of Cortez for the 5th time this season, I was about 100 miles out from land, a hurricane about 300 miles south west of Cabo San Lucas had flattened the seas and killed all the wind. Motoring along at 5 kts, a couple birds landed on the boat. Kinda unusual for birds out this far, but they made for good company and didn't want to drink all my beer like some other cruising friends,

Then, a couple more showed up, then more, then MORE. pretty soon, space on the boat was at a premium, and they landed behind me and tried to paddle along. When they couldn't keep up, they'd fly ahead and wait.

Alfred Hitchcock couldn't make this stuff up!

I finally figured out what was going on, the bow and wake of the boat was disturbing large schools of baby flying fish, about 4 inches long. The birds were using me as a tool to make the fish jump so they could get em. When they got tired, they got a free ride.

Just a few birds

then more all over

Then definitely to many

Then REALLY too many

TrueBlue 08-16-2008 08:02 PM

They look like cormorants - very common surface diving, coastal predators in the Northeast. Didn't know they went that far offshore though.

Karletto 08-16-2008 08:06 PM

cute; beautiful pictures; thay look like pirates; a seagull broke our wind vector thing on the top of the mast

camaraderie 08-16-2008 08:07 PM

I like your other birds better! :D

Karletto 08-16-2008 08:08 PM

je Cormorans thay eat whole fish no chewing

Originally Posted by camaraderie (Post 355044)
I like your other birds better! :D

i noticed them too :D

LiamM 08-16-2008 08:33 PM

Not cormorants
Boobies of some description; I'm not familiar with Pacific beasties but I could sell northern Gannets by the bushel to the best cook.


The plural could be Boobys.


Saildoggie 08-16-2008 08:55 PM

Sounds like time to get the deck brush and bucket out when they finally left!!

The Admiral and I were delivering a Catalina 38 back to CA from the Newport Ensenada race when we were overcome by some find of small gold finch population.
It was kinda cute at first, then you could no longer see the deck, lifelines or top rails of the stanchions. the started going below, attacking a loaf of bread, anything they could find.

The Admiral was up top and actually rolled over a few while huddled in her sleeping bag, it was nuts!!

I finally got out one of those pressurized can airhorns, a quick blast got their attention, then just started a blasting away and waving my arms, we finally got them all off the boat, what a mess!!

Aint sailing fun??:D

waterengineer 08-16-2008 09:07 PM

Not to derail but, forget the birds. Let's get a little closer look at the OP's avatar photo. :D

sailingdog 08-16-2008 09:32 PM

LOL... no one said the birdies were stupid. :) Free food, and a free ride...

Stillraining 08-16-2008 10:11 PM

Now we know were the term poop deck came from.

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