Strange storm-petrel in New Zealand

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Subject: Strange storm-petrel in New Zealand
From: "Brent Stephenson" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 12:40:54 +1300

Hi all,


During a pelagic out of Whitianga, New Zealand on 25 January 2003 we sighted a strange storm-petrel.  At first this bird was thought to be a black-bellied storm-petrel, but further investigation has led us to other possibilities, including the potential of the bird being Oceanites maorianus, the New Zealand storm-petrel.  One small problem………. this species (thought to be closely related to Wilson’s SP) is supposed to be extinct.


I have posted info and all photos taken of this bird on my website at the following URL –


We would be grateful for any feedback/thoughts from seabird buffs.





Brent Stephenson

Eco-Vista: Photography & Research + Wrybill Tours, NZ



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