Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Xmas 2013 Tubenose ID Challenge Solution

1. Short-tailed Albatross off Torishima, Japan
2. Fea’s Petrel off Hatteras, USA
3. Balearic Shearwater off Scilly, UK
4. Light-mantled Sooty Albatross in the South Atlantic
5. Sooty Shearwaters off Monterey, USA
6. Grey-faced Petrel in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
7. Wandering Albatross, presumably Tristan, off Gough Island
8. White-faced Storm-petrel off Madeira
9. Wilson’s Storm-petrel off Hatteras, USA
10. Black-browed Albatross in the South Atlantic
11. Antarctic Petrel in the Drake Passage
12. Antarctic Prion off South Setlands
13. ‘White-bellied’ Storm-petrel off Tristan Island (Fregetta tropica melanoleuca or F. grallaria leucogaster)
14. Atlantic Petrel south of Gough Island
15. Grey-headed Albatross approaching Montevideo, Uruguay
16. Black-capped Petrel off Hatteras, USA
17. Bermuda Petrel off Bermuda
18. European Storm-petrel off Scilly, UK
19. Cory’s Shearwaters off Madeira
20. Fairy Prion in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
21. Leach’s Storm-petrel off Hatteras, USA
22. Southern Giant Petrel in the Drake Passage
23. Great Shearwater between Gough and Tristan Islands
24. Kerguelen Petrel in the South Atlantic
25. Grey Petrel in the South Atlantic
26. Spectacled Petrel off Gough Island
27. Subantarctic Little Shearwater south of Gough Island
28. Snow Petrel in the Weddel Sea
29. Soft-plumaged Petrel off Tristan Island
30. White-chinned Petrel north of South Orkney
31. Tahiti Petrel in the southwest Pacific
32. Matsudaira’s Storm-petrel en route to Bonin Islands
33. Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross between Gough and Tristan Islands
34. Black-bellied Storm-petrel (nominate) off Elephant Island
35. Black Petrel in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
36. Buller’s Shearwater in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
37. Band-rumped Storm-petrel (with Wilson’s) off Hatteras, USA
38. Streaked Shearwater off South Korea
39. Flesh-footed Shearwater in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
40. White-necked Petrel off North Island, New Zealand

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Revised Edition: Storm-petrels & Bulwer's Petrel

The revisions include advances in the separation of Atlantic white-bellied Fregettas illustrated with photos, photos of all four proposed taxa of the BRSP complex including additional discussion in captions, updates on records of vagrants (BBSP, BRSP, SWSP, BUPE), map revisions based on new information, extra new photos, photo guide for Gray-backed Storm-petrel so that the guide covers all of the storm-petrels that frequent the Atlantic, plus other minor revisions. There is no space on the DVDs for revisions, but revisions in the book can be applied to the DVDs. Publication due late October.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Expedition to Juan Fernandez

Hadoram Shirihai (the Tubenoses Project) has given us the exclusive opportunity to publish his report (full of awesome photos and new information) of his recent 'mass-chuming' at-sea expedition to Juan Fernandez Islands in search of petrels. This includes an intriguing record of what appears to be unknown dark form (i.e. a dark-morph, or a dark-type/taxon - subject to a future research!) related to White-bellied Storm-petrel. Here is a taster of what is to come: