July 8th – Life On The Bounding Main

Peregrine Falcon with a storm-petrel. B. Young

Just left St. John’s harbour for 22 days of counting seabirds on a DFO research vessel in the NW Atlantic. Foggy and rainy this evening but did see some Atlantic Puffins and the first Sooty Shearwater of the trip. The 2nd mate showed me this picture he took a month or so ago of a Peregrine Falcon about to feast on a storm-petrel. No wonder seabirds forage well offshore. Even then they’re not necessarily safe. A couple of years ago I watched a Peregrine snatch a Red Phalarope – 90 nautical miles from the northern tip of Labrador.

Rick (alias Salty)

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