Birding Aboard

Photos

Please send us your seabird or hitchhiker photos—then check back to see if your photo is included in our gallery!

Be sure to include your boat name, date of the sighting, and the latitude/longitude or approximate location.

You don’t need to identify the bird, and it doesn’t need to be a “National Geographic” photo. The goal is to share a variety of species and locations, and to convey the actual conditions of birdwatching aboard a cruising boat.

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Common Gallinule … 
on the gunwale of m/v Knotty Dog. ©Jayne Hemmerich
Common Gallinule …
on the gunwale of m/v Knotty Dog. ©Jayne Hemmerich
Macareo River, Venezuela … 
Cruisers join Devi and Hunter Sharp for dinghy birdwatching. ©Heather Mackey
Macareo River, Venezuela …
Cruisers join Devi and Hunter Sharp for dinghy birdwatching. ©Heather Mackey
The Morning Watch … 
Dorothy Wadlow on s/v Joyant birds during a transatlantic crossing. ©Tom Wadlow
The Morning Watch …
Dorothy Wadlow on s/v Joyant birds during a transatlantic crossing. ©Tom Wadlow
Antarctic SeaBC … 
led by Jim Danzenbaker with Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris. ©Pablo Fernicola
Antarctic SeaBC …
led by Jim Danzenbaker with Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris. ©Pablo Fernicola
Brown Booby … 
rests on s/v Genesis’ inflatable dinghy in the Eastern Caribbean. ©Susan Wyatt
Brown Booby …
rests on s/v Genesis’ inflatable dinghy in the Eastern Caribbean. ©Susan Wyatt
Cattle Egret … 
appeared Mid-Atlantic on s/v Fleur de Sel with the Blue Planet Odyssey.
Cattle Egret …
appeared Mid-Atlantic on s/v Fleur de Sel with the Blue Planet Odyssey.
Snapshot Your Lat/Long … 
The easiest way to geotag a bird sighting is to photograph your chartplotter.
Snapshot Your Lat/Long …
The easiest way to geotag a bird sighting is to photograph your chartplotter.
Little Bittern Off Africa … 
resting among the running rigging of s/v Nereida. ©Jeanne Socrates
Little Bittern Off Africa …
resting among the running rigging of s/v Nereida. ©Jeanne Socrates
Northern Flicker … 
hitches a ride off the New Jersey coast. ©LeAnn Marchman
Northern Flicker …
hitches a ride off the New Jersey coast. ©LeAnn Marchman
Campbell Albatross … 
joins s/v Lista Light on a passage from the Galapagos to Chile. ©Katharine Lowrie
Campbell Albatross …
joins s/v Lista Light on a passage from the Galapagos to Chile. ©Katharine Lowrie
Brown Booby … 
slipping and sliding on its hypalon dinghy perch. ©LA Wyatt
Brown Booby …
slipping and sliding on its hypalon dinghy perch. ©LA Wyatt
Cory’s Shearwater … 
A commonly-seen shearwater across the Atlantic. ©Diana Doyle
Cory’s Shearwater …
A commonly-seen shearwater across the Atlantic. ©Diana Doyle
Green Heron … 
using a boat’s docklines as a fishing catenary. ©Diana Doyle
Green Heron …
using a boat’s docklines as a fishing catenary. ©Diana Doyle
Iceland Gull … 
photographed during a SeaBC off the Maine coast. ©Michael Goode
Iceland Gull …
photographed during a SeaBC off the Maine coast. ©Michael Goode
Red-billed Tropicbird … 
Tropicbirds are frequently seen, but very hard to photograph! ©Chuck Shipley
Red-billed Tropicbird …
Tropicbirds are frequently seen, but very hard to photograph! ©Chuck Shipley
Channel Islands SeaBC … 
heading out to survey the waters near Ventura, Santa Barbara, and East Anacapa Islands.
Channel Islands SeaBC …
heading out to survey the waters near Ventura, Santa Barbara, and East Anacapa Islands.
Masked Booby … 
Logged by 11- and 10-year-old homeschoolers on a transatlantic crossing. ©A. and A. Beck
Masked Booby …
Logged by 11- and 10-year-old homeschoolers on a transatlantic crossing. ©A. and A. Beck
Blackpoll Warbler … 
checking its route while resting on the charts of s/v Cinderella. ©Jaye Lunsford
Blackpoll Warbler …
checking its route while resting on the charts of s/v Cinderella. ©Jaye Lunsford
Palm Warbler … 
Lifelines make a perfect offshore resting stop. ©Debbie Kinkel
Palm Warbler …
Lifelines make a perfect offshore resting stop. ©Debbie Kinkel
White Ibis ... 
surf-feeding along Florida's West Coast. ©Diana Doyle
White Ibis ...
surf-feeding along Florida's West Coast. ©Diana Doyle
Wilson's Storm-Petrels ... 
One of the most abundant species in the world. ©Diana Doyle
Wilson's Storm-Petrels ...
One of the most abundant species in the world. ©Diana Doyle
Jaeger and Gull ... 
In the food fight called kleptoparasitism. ©Colin Speedie
Jaeger and Gull ...
In the food fight called kleptoparasitism. ©Colin Speedie
White-tailed Tropicbird ... 
circles the mast of s/v Osprey in the Caribbean. ©Wendy Clarke
White-tailed Tropicbird ...
circles the mast of s/v Osprey in the Caribbean. ©Wendy Clarke
Logging Seabirds ... 
Katharine and David Lowrie in the Eastern Caribbean. ©Jake Burnyeat
Logging Seabirds ...
Katharine and David Lowrie in the Eastern Caribbean. ©Jake Burnyeat
Iceberg ...
with Black-legged Kittiwakes off Greenland. ©Doina Cornell
Iceberg ...
with Black-legged Kittiwakes off Greenland. ©Doina Cornell
Black Noddy ...
visits s/v Tovarisch during the night. ©LeAnn Marchman
Black Noddy ...
visits s/v Tovarisch during the night. ©LeAnn Marchman
Up close ... 
with a Red-footed Booby. ©Charles Shipley
Up close ...
with a Red-footed Booby. ©Charles Shipley
Golden-crowned Kinglet ... 
takes a weary rest off New England. ©Randy Mraz
Golden-crowned Kinglet ...
takes a weary rest off New England. ©Randy Mraz
Black-legged Kittiwake ... 
during the Jordan Basin SeaBC. ©Michael Goode
Black-legged Kittiwake ...
during the Jordan Basin SeaBC. ©Michael Goode
Common Eider ... 
male off the U.K. coast. ©Colin Speedie
Common Eider ...
male off the U.K. coast. ©Colin Speedie
Red-footed ... 
Booby in the Caribbean. ©Charles Shipley
Red-footed ...
Booby in the Caribbean. ©Charles Shipley
Brown Booby ... 
on the pulpit of s/v Arctic Tern. ©Devi Sharp
Brown Booby ...
on the pulpit of s/v Arctic Tern. ©Devi Sharp
Blue Planet Odyssey ... 
documents cliff rookeries in Nunavut. ©Doina Cornell
Blue Planet Odyssey ...
documents cliff rookeries in Nunavut. ©Doina Cornell
Lava Heron ... 
hangs on s/v Lista Light's anchor rode. ©Katharine Lowrie
Lava Heron ...
hangs on s/v Lista Light's anchor rode. ©Katharine Lowrie
Iceland Gull ... 
on the Maine SeaBC. ©Michael Goode
Iceland Gull ...
on the Maine SeaBC. ©Michael Goode
Inca Tern ... 
rests on s/v Joyant in Chile. ©Dorothy Wadlow
Inca Tern ...
rests on s/v Joyant in Chile. ©Dorothy Wadlow
Northern Gannet ... 
passes close by off Florida. ©Diana Doyle
Northern Gannet ...
passes close by off Florida. ©Diana Doyle
Baffin Bay ... 
Long-tailed Jaeger circles s/v Aventura IV's mast. ©Doina Cornell
Baffin Bay ...
Long-tailed Jaeger circles s/v Aventura IV's mast. ©Doina Cornell
Palm Warbler ... 
hitches an offshore ride. ©Hannes Leonard
Palm Warbler ...
hitches an offshore ride. ©Hannes Leonard
Westland Petrel ... 
alongside s/v Lista Light in the Pacific. ©Katharine Lowrie
Westland Petrel ...
alongside s/v Lista Light in the Pacific. ©Katharine Lowrie
Ocean flotsam ... 
often hosts resting terns or noddies. ©Colin Speedie
Ocean flotsam ...
often hosts resting terns or noddies. ©Colin Speedie
Brown Noddies ... 
seen by m/v Tusen Takk II in the Caribbean. ©Charles Shipley
Brown Noddies ...
seen by m/v Tusen Takk II in the Caribbean. ©Charles Shipley
White-tailed Tropicbird ... 
nesting in The Bahamas out islands. ©Lydia Fell
White-tailed Tropicbird ...
nesting in The Bahamas out islands. ©Lydia Fell
Northern Fulmar ... 
flies by off the Faroe Islands. ©Dorothy Wadlow
Northern Fulmar ...
flies by off the Faroe Islands. ©Dorothy Wadlow
Arctic White Gyrfalcon ... 
a rare sighting, seen along the Northwest Passage. ©Doina Cornell
Arctic White Gyrfalcon ...
a rare sighting, seen along the Northwest Passage. ©Doina Cornell
Tropicbirds ... 
typically circle a mast, but this one tried to land. ©Michael Sammer
Tropicbirds ...
typically circle a mast, but this one tried to land. ©Michael Sammer
Off Alaska ... 
one of several Black-footed Albatrosses seen by s/v Celeste. ©Ellen Leonard
Off Alaska ...
one of several Black-footed Albatrosses seen by s/v Celeste. ©Ellen Leonard
Brown Noddy ... 
rests on a radome north of Ascension Island. ©Ellen Leonard
Brown Noddy ...
rests on a radome north of Ascension Island. ©Ellen Leonard
Marina "yard birds" ... 
as egrets and herons use boat transoms and docklines to feed. ©Diana Doyle
Marina "yard birds" ...
as egrets and herons use boat transoms and docklines to feed. ©Diana Doyle
Cape May Warbler ...
hitches a warm fuzzy ride across the Gulf Stream. ©Carol Simmons
Cape May Warbler ...
hitches a warm fuzzy ride across the Gulf Stream. ©Carol Simmons
Pincoya Storm-Petrel…
captured with outstanding documentation off Chile. ©Dorothy Wadlow
Pincoya Storm-Petrel…
captured with outstanding documentation off Chile. ©Dorothy Wadlow
Cabo Verdes to Guadeloupe:
A Brown Booby hitches a high-speed ride. ©Dick McClary
Cabo Verdes to Guadeloupe:
A Brown Booby hitches a high-speed ride. ©Dick McClary
Gulf Stream Hitchhiker
Male Cape May Warbler on s/v Flying Pig. ©Lydia Fell
Gulf Stream Hitchhiker
Male Cape May Warbler on s/v Flying Pig. ©Lydia Fell
Great Shearwater…
photographed mid-Atlantic from s/v Meriva. ©Sue Darkins
Great Shearwater…
photographed mid-Atlantic from s/v Meriva. ©Sue Darkins
Light-mantled Albatross…
beautifully documented by s/v Red Thread. ©Jessie Mackelprang-Carter
Light-mantled Albatross…
beautifully documented by s/v Red Thread. ©Jessie Mackelprang-Carter
Raivavae to Tahiti…
a gorgeous Red-tailed Tropicbird. ©Jessie Mackelprang-Carter
Raivavae to Tahiti…
a gorgeous Red-tailed Tropicbird. ©Jessie Mackelprang-Carter
Red-footed Booby…
on a passage from Fiji to Vanuatu. ©Jessie Mackelprang-Carter
Red-footed Booby…
on a passage from Fiji to Vanuatu. ©Jessie Mackelprang-Carter
Key West to Havana…
a migrating Prothonotary Warbler rests. ©Margie Matheson
Key West to Havana…
a migrating Prothonotary Warbler rests. ©Margie Matheson
Vanuatu Seabirds…
maybe Wedge-tailed Shearwaters? ©Jessie Mackelprang-Carter
Vanuatu Seabirds…
maybe Wedge-tailed Shearwaters? ©Jessie Mackelprang-Carter
Red-billed Tropicbird…
stunningly captured on a transatlantic passage. ©Michael Sammer
Red-billed Tropicbird…
stunningly captured on a transatlantic passage. ©Michael Sammer