Friday, 26 August 2011

Pelagic 25/08/11

Typically, after two busy weekends, the pelagics have started to produce...

Cory's Shearwater - of the six seen, two birds showed very well, including this bird at arms-length
off the MV Sapphire's stern

Great Shearwater - we had at least 70 of these. Many came very close...

Manx Shearwater - about 20 were seen, some showed atypically well

Wilson's Storm-petrel (WISP) - three different individuals were noted

WISP - this bird (the same in all images) was moulting the outer tail feathers. Tail moult of
second-years & older usually occurs Sep-Oct; in juveniles Oct-Jan

WISP - note the extensive triangular white thigh patch: it is both wide & deep

WISP - this bird came so close, most of it was outside the image frame!

Pelagic 22/08/11