Wildlife Beauty and Island Adventures

catalina sunrise

Friday, June 1, 2007 – Day Five The destination was Isla Carmen, where I presented my work on albatrosses, talking about my book and about my recent travels to the world’s greatest albatross colonies for National Geographic. Activities included scuba diving on a protruding wreck that was home to numerous fishes, or, alternatively, a walk […]

Gulf Pleasures

long beaked common dolphins

Thursday, May 31, 2007 – Day Four While on our way to Isla San Marcos in the morning we were quickly greeted by a small group—50 or so—of Long-beaked Common Dolphins and a large group of Short-finned Pilot Whales, about 30 of them. Everything is relative. Common dolphins sometimes travel is schools of hundreds, pilot […]

A Day of Beauty

san pedro martir

Day Three – Wednesday, May 30th We spent most of the day around the island of San Pedro Martír. This is a high, large island, perhaps 3 miles in length. It’s another very important island for seabirds, and in the sun from a distance it shines white with guano. Its cliff ledges and slopes are […]

Grace on Guardian Angel Island

Guardian Angel Island

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Reportedly, no rain has fallen here for five years. Much of the ground is bare. The vegetation shows a wide range of coping strategies: cacti, chollas, elephant trees, palo verde or green-stick which seems to photosynthesize with its bark so it does not need leaves which waste moisture. Cacti do the […]

Seabird Treasures in the Sea of Cortez

Rasa Island

Monday May 28, 2007 I’m aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ beautiful ship Sea Voyager for a much-anticipated week of travel in the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez. The objective is simply to immerse ourselves—sometimes literally—in natural beauty. The ship is lovely, with about 50 passengers making for a diverse, intimate group. After […]