Event: SDFO Meeting – Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

SDFO Meeting – Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

2016 Cape to Cape – Crossing the Scotia Sea and South Atlantic

Hoffman Room, The San Diego Foundation – Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Thomas A. Blackman, Point Loma, San Diego.

A trip of 29 days crossing the Southern Oceans from Ushuaia, Argentina to Cape Town, South Africa photographing Albatross, Petrels, Storm-Petrels and other seabirds. Of particular interest were collecting images of the Great Albatrosses Wandering and Tristan. These birds have seven and four plumage phases respectively which will be shown. The islands visited produces endemics as well as marine mammals. One stop was Tristan da Cunha the most remote island in the world. Some pre-trip images of Argentina and post-trip African images will also be presented.

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