I was home from Canada for less than a day. I had arranged to go on a pelagic trip out of New Smyrna Beach FL in the chance that maybe I could snag a tropicbird. Odds were not good, but there was at least a possibility. Go, and you have a chance; don't go and you definitely don't. Yesterday I flew into Orlando, the gateway to Disney World and the capitol of airline travel for youngsters. My rental car was a Ford Fusion, fully loaded, classed as a compact. It's a nice car. My motel was a mom-and-pop operation, my room was fine, and it was cheap. I ate at a family restaurant nearby and hit the hay to get a good night's sleep.
The pelagic trip left at 6:00am aboard a 100ft aluminum boat. It took a little while to get out of the inlet, but the weather was great and the winds were down. The swells were as high as 12 feet, but the interval was longish so it wasn't bad The forecast a week ago would have forced a cancellation. Highlights included a great Pomarine Jaeger show; Cory's, Great (photo), and Manx Shearwaters; Bridled, Sooty, Sandwich, Royal and Common Terns; frigatebirds (photo); Black-capped Petrels. But no tropicbirds. Tomorrow I fly to San Diego and drive to the Salton Sea to look for the Tiaga Bean-Goose.