Cook's Petrel

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Cook's Petrel
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 23:17:04 +1100
A Cook's Petrel was found along the Old Glen Innes Road near Grafton (North 
Coast NSW) yesterday, many kilometres inland.  It was kept overnight by a WIRES 
carer and I released it at Brooms Head today.  It flew strongly out to sea.  
Photos were taken but I don't have them as yet.  If anyone wants to confirm the 
ID, of which I am very confident, I can email the photos at a later date.  The 
only other possibility is Pycroft's Petrel but this species has not been 
confirmed for Australia and it has a smaller bill and is smaller overall than 
the Cook's.  The bird that I released today had a longish bill and was about 
300 mm long.

Greg Clancy
Coutts Crossing

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