It was a short 9 mile ride out to the island and as we approached the birds started appearing through the fog...
Some days the water is too rough to land at the island but we lucked out. The fog cleared and we were able to get ridiculously up close and personal with the resident seabirds.
Upon landing we were led along a boardwalk to a sort of human holding pen, before being led to bird blinds in the thick of the seabird action.
Before this trip I had only seen Razorbills at a great distance. They are way sexier than I had realized.
The puffins were so damn close that we all ended up with way too many photos of them. I will do my best to edit here.
And of course, a video or two...
Kind of a crazy experience. After everyone got to spend some time in the bird blinds we got back on the boat to check out some seals and murres. And by "check out" I mean "totally harrass" unfortunately. Captain Andy did not seem phased by the fact that he was causing all the birds and seals to flush from the rocks, and even continued to get closer as they did so.
There were many bridled Common Murres in the mix, meaning they have a white eye ring and line extending from behind their eye. Here's a bad photo:
And a few of the seals that did not flee:
Much much more from Maine to come. Get ready. Good times!