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Published on Feb 5, 2011
http://socaltripreports.com/ The Buena Vista Audubon Society Annual Winterfest Pelagic produced 3 species of shearwaters (including Short-tailed). Cool stuff included VERY close encounters with 8 Fin Whales (see photos), Bottlenose Dolphin doing acrobatics -- flipping and spinning out of the water and 18 migrating Grey Whales. But the highlight of a day full of spectacular scenes was a heart-pumping show by a Peregrine Falcon using Grande as a "blind" or distraction while making multiple high-speed stoops on unsuspecting Cassin's Auklets, missing, circling directly over and around Grande then stooping again until after a dozen or so tries it came up with a plump auklet and carried it away with gulls in hot pursuit hoping to force a dropped auklet. Matt Sadowski shot an awesome frame-by-frame sequence of the falcon catching up to, then flying away with, the auklet, pursued by raucous gulls. Photos: http://socaltripreports.com/ +++ Video: http://socaltripreports.com/ +++ Trip List: http://socaltripreports.com/