Yes I know, it was nearly a year ago I went on one of my dream days out by doing a pelagic trip off the west coast of America, but some months ago I was having a review of some of the hundreds of photos taken on the trip. Close inspection of some of the images discarded as not good enough actually provided me with two birds that had been called on the trip but not picked up by me, bothe being lifers. When faced with so much photographic opportunity it is difficult to pick out odd birds in the melee following the boat, especially when trying to pick up on bill colour, size variation and flight pattern from a moving boat on a slight swell.
The two species are Black-vented Shearwater and Pink-footed Shearwater both of which were identified in very small numbers by others on the boat. I have posted similar shots of confusion species to illustrate the differences.
|Black-vented Shearwater Puffinus opisthomelas|
|Pink-footed Shearwater Puffinus creatopus|
|Flesh-footed Shearwater Puffinus carneipes|
|Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus|
Two armchair ticks, can't be bad....now back to work tomorrow so another lull in posting likely.