poss/prob Spectacled Petrel off Albany, WA

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Subject: poss/prob Spectacled Petrel off Albany, WA
From: John Graff <>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:56:07 +0800

Hi all Whilst organising dates for this year's Albany Pelagic weekend, the 
skipper of the boat we use asked about a bird he had following the boat on 
Wednesday. Description perfect for Spectacled Petrel (looked like a petrel, 
brown with white band around it's face and neck). After seeing photos of 
Spectacled, the skipper is certain that is the bird he saw. He's not a birder 
so obviously this shouldn't be considered a confirmed record, but he does pay 
attention to the birds and Spectacled Petrel should be fairly distinctive at 
fairly close range (White-chinned with very extensive face markings I guess a 
possibility) Is there any interest in an impromptu pelagic this Sunday (if 
there is a boat available), or possibly the following weekend to see what else 
is out there? Any responses ASAP obviously :) Otherwise, I just present this 
for interest Cheers,John


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