The Condor Express, shown here in a web photo, was our marine transportation out of Santa Barbara. It's a fast catamaran with good stability. I really enjoyed the trip, but I could have used some warmer clothes. The boat has an onboard galley that fixes a variety of edibles so you don't have to bring food unless you want to. I spent most of the time near the bow. It was a full boat so at times it could be crowded. The course we followed was one that went to the Rodriguez Seamount and then to other seamounts where pelagic species are found. We left the dock at 7:00am and got back after 9:00pm, so it was a long day. I managed to see five new birds for the year: Ashy, Black and Least Storm-Petrels, Buller's Shearwater, and a Cook's Petrel. In the weeks prior to this trip hundreds of Cook's Petrels had been sighted. But today there were only a few. I missed the earliest sighting by going to the back of the boat where the bird had been spotted only to find that if I'd stayed where I had been, the bird would have flown right by me. Oh well! A bit later two more were seen from the back of the boat and I managed to see one of those, which was ABA bird #757. After we got back to shore, I headed on down Route 101 and found a Motel 6 that had a room available. Tomorrow will be a leisurely day since there are no nearby birds to chase. The total now stands at 684.