Saturday, September 10, 2011

Petrels and Shearwaters, Australia 2011


At least eight Cape Petrels visited the boat, some with the admirable nerve to go head-on with albatrosses for chum rights; several Providence Petrels also put in appearances, but were far less forthcoming.








Cape Petrels, with Wandering and Black-browed Albatrosses


Fluttering Shearwaters (above) were numerous, with groups of up to a dozen gunning by, usually at some distance; a single Wedge-tailed Shearwater came much closer, but at sufficient speed to disappear behind compatriot and Sydney resident Jason's head before the lens could be swung acceptably.


Wedge-tailed Shearwater


Providence Petrel