Event: SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Photographing the Cahow on Bermuda

Hoffman Room, The San Diego Foundation – Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Tom Blackman.

In 1951 fifteen year old David Wingate took a researcher from the American Museum of Natural History Robert Cushman Murphy and local naturalist Louis S. Mowbray out to Long Rock in Turtle Bay Bermuda. There they rediscovered the Bermuda Petrel (Cahow) thought to be extinct for over 300 years. Last November I traveled to Bermuda to meet David Wingate OBE, see and photograph the Cahow, and visit one of their nesting islands. This is a short presentation showing the birds and the efforts on Nonsuch Island to rehabilitate this Petrel.

A Point Loma native, Thomas A. Blackman graduated from SDSU with a B.S. in Zoology. Always interested in birds and photography (including having a darkroom in the spare bath while in high school and birding in local canyons), he has continued with these endeavors into retirement. His professional life included Professional Baseball (Umpire), Insurance Broker and Risk Manager in Structured Risk practices. He has birded and photographed birds worldwide including Madagascar, Uganda, Australia, Argentina, Africa, New Zealand and many pelagic trips in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic and Subantarctic Oceans. A specialist in pelagic photography. Tom currently serves as President of Western Field Ornithologists and is Past-President of San Diego Field Ornithologists. His work has been published in periodicals, magazines and scientific papers, and can be viewed at