Birding Trips

Pelagic Bird Watching

$64 per Person | 4 Hours | 8am – 12pm

This 4-hour long birding trip will give us more time to travel farther offshore in search of pelagic birds, whales, and dolphins. Each trip will have a local Bird Expert on board. At the end of our trips, we will recap what we saw and make sure that we log what everyone saw as well. This birding tour is the perfect outing for the beginning birder or the expert or for anyone that just loves the longer adventure.

These 4-hour trips will be aboard one of our fast comfortable Catamarans and will provide optimal viewing of pelagic birds, whales, and dolphins.

Birds We Encounter

Wonder what you will have a chance to see on your Whale Watching trip in Dana Point?

Some of the shore birds are Black oystercatchers, Godwits, Curlew, Willets, Whimbrels, Snowy plovers, Sand pipers, Boobies, Black and Ruddy turnstones and many more.

Here is a list of different birds you may encounter on our trips.



  • Chevron down Auklets
  • Cassin's aukletCassin’s auklet

    Cassin's aukletCassin’s auklet

    Rhinoceros aukletRhinoceros auklet (breeding plumage)

  • Chevron down Blue & Green Heron
  • Blue Heron

    Blue Heron

    Blue Heron

    Blue Heron

    Juvenile Blue Heron
    This young Blue Heron looks a lot like a snowy egret, but it’s a bit bigger and its feet and legs are the same color. Its blue primary feathers show near the edges of its wings. Very rare bird for our area.

    Juvenile Blue Heron

    Green Heron

    green heron

    green heron

  • Chevron down Booby Birds
  • Brown BoobyBrown Booby

    Brown BoobyBrown Booby

    masked booby birdMasked Booby

    masked booby birdMasked Booby

    masked booby birdMasked Booby

    masked booby birdMasked Booby

    Nazca BoobyNazca Booby

    Nazca BoobyNazca Booby

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  • Chevron down Brant Goose
  • Brant Goose

  • Chevron down Brown Pelican
  • Brown Pelican

    brown pelicans, juvenile on left, mature on right
    juvenile brown pelicans


  • Chevron down Cormorant
  • Double crested cormorant


  • Chevron down Ducks
  • Muscovy duck (feral species) from South and Central America. There is a domestic species in the USA and rare for our area.

    muscovy duck

    muscovy duck

  • Chevron down Egyptian Geese
  • Egyptian geese

    Egyptian geese

    Egyptian geese

  • Chevron down Fulmar
  • Northern Fulmar


    fledgling Fulmar

    The fledgling Fulmar is on its own two weeks after hatching. It doesn’t need its parents to feed it any longer. Incubation of the egg is 50 days. They primarily feed on fish, shrimp, squid and also scavenge.

  • Chevron down Gulls
  • Ring-billed gullRing-billed gull

    Heermann's gullHeermann’s Gull

    Heermann's GullHeermann’s Gull

    Western gullWestern gull

  • Chevron down Loon
  • Loon

  • Chevron down Northern-Pintail
  • female Northern Pintail

  • Chevron down Osprey
  • Osprey Osprey Osprey

  • Chevron down Oystercatcher
  • Oystercatcher

  • Chevron down Phalaropes
  • Coming soon

  • Chevron down Shearwaters
  • Sooty Shearwater
    Sooty shearwater

    Black vented ShearwaterBlack vented shearwater

    black vented shearwater leucisticBlack vented shearwater leucistic

    img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-18443″ src=”” alt=”Pink-footed shearwater” />Pink-footed shearwater

  • Chevron down Snowy Egret & Great White Egret
  • Great Egret

    Great White Egret

    Great White Egret

    Snow Egret, white bird black crowned night heronSnowy Egret

  • Chevron down Tern
  • Tern species that we see:
    Arctic (we see those in winter)



    Juvenile Forsters Tern


  • Chevron down Yellow-crowned night heron
  • A rare juvenile yellow-crowned night heron

    yellow-crowned night heron

great white egret

A Little Bird Told Me

  • When a baby bird is old enough to fly out of the nest it’s called a fledgling. Fledge means to fly for the first time.
  • Baby ducks are called ducklings
  • Baby geese are called goslings
  • Baby owls are called owlets
  • Other baby birds are called chicks


About Dana Wharf

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorado. Whether you’re looking for boat rentals in Dana Point to enjoy a private boat charter, sailboat or catamaran, coming for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise or wanting to create memories onboard our sportfishing charters, one thing is for certain: your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Dana Wharf is conveniently located in Dana Point, Orange County, just south of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach – about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego.

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