The fog became heavier as we traveled to the distant ledges. In the distance off the bow, were three birds flying west together; two Red-throated Loons and a single Common Murre.
A second Fulmar appeared from out of the fog, and circled the vessel three times then landed a distance from the vessel, just as the Kittiwake did.
The day ended with coolers full of Codfish, Sea Bass, a few Hake and large Scup spilling over onto the deck of the Gale. The Capt. Announced it was time to call it a day and to head for home. We were underway for half an hour when the sun made a valiant attempt to show itself only to be buried once again in the thick fog.
With the feeding Gulls came the Gannets, as many as seven of them.
Of the five Kittiwakes I saw, there were at least three different individuals easily distinguished by the distal black markings of the ventral wings (shown in the images below). The black areas show different white tip spot markings and the edge of the black where it meets the white on the primaries shows different edge designs; one has a sharp edge, others have irregular edges.
And how was the fishing? Well, I can sum it up this way. When we reached the dock, and the Gale Francs was secured for the night, the mates were still cleaning fish. With nine filled coolers in line as well as a handful of stuffed burlap sacks, they would be there for quite a while possibly with many of us already home! I have included a few fishing images below if you are interested, and in case some may be sensitive to this.
A large Sea Raven- (aka Red Sculpin), it was safely returned to the sea.
A nice Cod caught by my Father-in-Law
A nice Sea Bass
Longhorn Sculpin (aka-Hacklehead, Toadfish)
A nice stringer of Sea Bass
Dad lands a huge Sea Bass........
...................it was nearly as long as our cooler.
Another Sea Raven
Captain Richie unhooks the fish for the fisherman
A double-header: a Sculpin and a Sea Raven
A large Scup (aka Porgy)