Monday, July 29, 2019

Irish Adventures 2019 - Wilson's & Euro Storm-petrels


I'm just back from co-leading a fantastic five-day Irish adventure for Yorkshire Coast Nature last week, and one of our target (if not the target) species for our pelagics out of Cape Clear Island was Wilson's Storm-petrel. Happily, we were blessed with two on our second trip out into the Atlantic, and as evidenced by the photos below, not at all far from dry land and accommodating enough to enjoy at close range...


We were also blessed with hundreds of much commoner but equally beguiling European Storm-petrels (see lower photos), allowing direct comparison - very different not only in plumage and proportions, but also in flight behaviour and style. I'm not expecting one here on the east coast anytime soon, but if does happen, I'm well prepared.....

Welcome to the self-found list, little 'un!