A few of us were on shore at Harris Park watching Suan’s journey on the kayak - 
a fisherman at Harris Park told us about the birder who had hastily inflated 
and departed in that kayak, camera in tow, so we knew when the camera came out 
that we’d be able tp pinpoint the bird.   We then headed down the shore along 
Lower Lake Road (the east-side version) where a very nice local homeowner let 
us view the buoy from her front lawn in exchange for scope views of the bird, 
which she enjoyed enough to invite her equally bird-friendly neighbors.  :)  
The Booby flushed before the train arrived and sounded its whistle - many in 
our group watched its departure.  The bird flew north and we later picked it up 
floating in the water opposite Harris Park, where it sat for a while before 
picking up and flying north towards the railroad bridge, then south past Cayuga 
Lake Park and back down to Buoy 49 where it was spotted soon afterwards by Mike 
Tetlow from the west side.  Fantastic views of the bird in flight!  

-kimberly sucy
-Rochester, NY

> On Sep 18, 2016, at 7:53 PM, Suan Yong <suan.y...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Around 11 this morning I arrived at Harris Park in Cayuga to find Chris T-H 
> and company with scopes aimed at buoy 49 about two miles away showing two 
> bumps perched at its base: the bigger a Great Black-Backed Gull, the smaller 
> the Brown Booby, I was told. Cool, I shrugged with a mix of awe and 
> incredulity, as I proceeded to pump up my inflatable "kayak" and started 
> paddling into the wind, light but enough to make the journey choppy. In about 
> an hour I arrived near the bouy and began snapping away at the brown booby 
> resting next to the great black-backed gull. The potential mistake I made 
> here was sitting in the navigational channel, which caused an oncoming 
> motorboat to steer away from me and thus very close to that buoy, trailing a 
> wake that swayed the bouy so much that the booby had to raise its wings to 
> maintain balance, but the two birds remained unfazed. Perhaps the big swell 
> reminded the booby of home.
> Anyhow, I positioned myself to drift downwind slowly to about 20-30 yards 
> from the bouy and snapped away, the birds still relaxed and unalarmed, though 
> certainly keeping their eyes on me. Soon I was downwind of then with a 
> million photos (actually, "only" 680), and I paddled back towards Harris 
> Park. I soon found myself very seasick from staring through the camera on the 
> choppy waters, so I just lay down on my boat and took a nap in the pleasant 
> afternoon sun and breeze, drifting ever so slowly back to Harris Park. At one 
> point the loud rumble and horn signaled the passage of a train - this I think 
> was the cause of the bird flushing (I was too seasick to scan with binoculars 
> from the rocky boat; I also didn't think that it might flush, though in 
> retrospect I now remember trains being a bird flusher on at least two other 
> occasions).
> I posted a few photos on Facebook:
> https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10210844942937601 
> <https://www.facebook.com/suan.yong/posts/10210844942937601>
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