The proximity of the Gulf Stream, Continental Shelf and Labrador Current make Cape Hatteras a dynamic environment that attracts a plethora of sea birds. Capt. Brian Patteson, who has been leading pelagic bird trips since 1986, takes trips to the Gulf Stream to see these birds on his 61-foot boat, Stormy Petrel II. Each trip is staffed by two to five leaders, each of whom has extensive knowledge of offshore birding. You can join a scheduled trip or book a private charter. Trips leave from Hatteras village.