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Shearwaters crowd the air above local surf

Published on September 12, 2017 1:34PM

Dr. Madeline Kalbach ventured into the surf in search of the perfect shearwater photo.

Susan Stauffer PHOTO

Dr. Madeline Kalbach ventured into the surf in search of the perfect shearwater photo.

Even the brown pelicans that frequent our beaches found the “Festival of the Sooties” to their liking. The one silhouetted above with nearly countless shearwaters was getting ready to dive in.

Susan Stauffer PHOTO

Even the brown pelicans that frequent our beaches found the “Festival of the Sooties” to their liking. The one silhouetted above with nearly countless shearwaters was getting ready to dive in.

Sooty shearwaters attract lots of attention thanks to their sheer numbers.

MADELINE KALBACH PHOTO

Sooty shearwaters attract lots of attention thanks to their sheer numbers.

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Sooty shearwaters crowd the air above the surf on the Long Beach Peninsula during annual migrations.

MADELINE KALBACH PHOTO

Sooty shearwaters crowd the air above the surf on the Long Beach Peninsula during annual migrations.

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A gull caught a fish in the surf in the midst of the ongoing migration of sooty shearwaters.

MADELINE KALBACH PHOTO

A gull caught a fish in the surf in the midst of the ongoing migration of sooty shearwaters.

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PENINSULA — Throngs of sooty shearwaters are migrating up and down our coast on their way to their breeding grounds in the Southern Hemisphere.

Shearwaters feed mainly on fish and squid. A huge ball of fish that swam very near the shoreline captured the attention of the shearwaters and gulls pictured here.

Beachgoers can see the spectacular migration of these sooty shearwaters each evening as dusk approaches. Their numbers are beginning to peak now. Grab your camera and get on out to the beach.









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