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Pelagic birds are birds who spend their entire lives at sea except during the nesting season. They hunt, eat, sleep, mate, and usually die at sea. Many of them can be seen from shore with binoculars or a spotting scope. You can get tips for seeing them on the Birding at the Beach page. Others come within a few miles of the coast, but the only way to see them is to go out in a boat. There are specially designed pelagic birding trips which are organized and planned for the express purpose of putting these birds in front of you eyes or binoculars. Albatrosses, shearwaters, jaegers, auklets, fulmars, petrels, etc. So many birds which you can see no other way are now available to you.
These trips are organized by experienced independent trip leaders in conjunction with quality boat operators to put you in the right place at the right time to see the birds. Safety is considered and you needn't worry about some cowboy risking your life just to see a bird. Try one, you will have a good time.
Here is a link to the websites of an experienced trip leader: The Bird Guide