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.
Rhinoceros auklet (breeding plumage)
- Blue & Green 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.
- Booby Birds
- Brant Goose
- Brown Pelican
Muscovy duck (feral species) from South and Central America. There is a domestic species in the USA and rare for our area.
- Egyptian Geese
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.
Black vented shearwater
Black vented shearwater leucistic
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- Snowy Egret & Great White Egret
Tern species that we see:
Arctic (we see those in winter)
- Yellow-crowned night heron
A rare juvenile yellow-crowned night heron
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.
Proud Partner of the World Cetacean Alliance
The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans). Partners of the WCA aim to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, to ensure their continued survival.