Archive for Sea of Cortez

Wildlife Beauty and Island Adventures

Sea of Cortez on June 4th, 2007 1 Comment

Saturday, June 2, 2007- Day Six – our final day of the trip Our day began at the time a day should—at dawn. Before sunrise most of us mustered on deck for trip ashore and a walk in the cool sunrise desert of Isla Santa Catalina. As usual, a small contingent of birders fell behind […]

Gulf Pleasures

Sea of Cortez on June 1st, 2007 3 Comments

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

Sea of Cortez on May 31st, 2007 2 Comments

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

Sea of Cortez on May 30th, 2007 1 Comment

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Isla Angel de la Guarda (Guardian Angel Island)   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 […]

Seabird Treasures in the Sea of Cortez

Sea of Cortez on May 30th, 2007 1 Comment

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 […]