Welcome to Seabirding!

We offer pelagic trips from Hatteras, North Carolina to explore our near shore, dynamic ecosystem formed by the combination of the Continental Shelf edge & the Gulf Stream Current.

****EUROPEAN STORM-PETREL on June 10 & July 29th!!  WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL August 28!!****

2017 Spring Blitz Schedule is up on the Gulf Stream 2017 page….!! Others are still TBA see below for Winter – Thanks to everyone who joined us in 2016 – it was a spectacular year!!

Posted October 23: WINTER TRIPS for 2017 TBA
We have been getting some inquiries about our schedule of winter pelagic trips. Right now, winter trips are on hold because we are re-powering the boat and this is fairly complicated compared to simply overhauling or replacing like engines, as we are making some changes. We have ordered two brand new 500 horsepower Cummins engines for the boat to replace the old JT 671 TI’s. Installing different engines means we need to have new mounts and exhaust parts fabricated and then there is a bit of hooking up to do where we will need new lines, hoses, and wiring to make it work. Then we have sea trials, and because the Stormy Petrel II is a small inspected passenger vessel, the USCG also has to do an inspection before we can start running for hire again. The process could take several weeks or a few months, depending on how things go. Consequently, we have not scheduled any winter trips yet. If things go well, we might be ready to run again by February, but I hate to make that promise, as we have not yet taken delivery of the new engines. If you are interested in going out with us this winter, please send us an e-mail and we will let you know if there might be any trips once we get far enough into the project to get a handle on our progress. The good news is that once we are done with the work, the boat should run more cleanly and be quieter, faster, and more efficient than ever.
Thanks,
Brian Patteson

White-faced Storm-Petrel below by Kate Sutherland – read about the August 28, 2016 trip!

We saw this bird just over the shelf break on August 28, 2016

We saw this bird just over the shelf break on August 28, 2016

European Storm-Petrel below by Brian Patteson – read about the June 10, 2016 & July 29, 2016 trips!

European Storm-Petrel

Subadult Brown Booby July 25, 2015 photo below by George Armistead

GA Brown Booby 072515

WOW – Bermuda Petrel May 25, 2015!  Around the boat for long period of time!  Photos & trip report for this, and other Spring Blitz trips, are on our blog – click on link above!!

If you would like some help with birding on land while you are on the Outer Banks, try getting in touch with Jeff Lewis in Manteo.  His email address is jlewisbirds@gmail.com and he would love to take you birding

Photo taken with a GoPro from a kite on one of our Spring 2013 trips.  by Seabird McKeon

Photo taken with a GoPro from a kite on one of our Spring 2013 trips. by Seabird McKeon

February 22, 2014 Yellow-nosed Albatross four miles off Avon, NC.  Photo by Brian Patteson

February 22, 2014 Yellow-nosed Albatross four miles off Avon, NC. Photo by Brian Patteson