poss/prob Spectacled Petrel off Albany, WA

To: Allan Richardson <>, Mike Carter <>
Subject: poss/prob Spectacled Petrel off Albany, WA
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2013 03:43:49 -0800 (PST)
Hi Allan,

Good point. I was only thinking Procellaria. 
Besides you leucistic Wedge-tailed Shearwater also be other leucistic brown 
petrels/shearwaters should be taken into consideration. E.g. Dion 
Hobcroft's/Roger McGovern's Great-winged (Gray-faced) Petrel:


Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

From: Allan Richardson <>
To: Mike Carter <> 
Cc: ; Birding-Aus <> 
Sent: Friday, February 1, 2013 6:03 PM
Subject: poss/prob Spectacled Petrel off Albany, WA
Hi Guys,

we had a Wedge-tailed shearwater on one of our recent Port Stephens pelagics 
that had markings on the head that were a dead ringer for a spectacled petrel 
(Mick wasn't present on that trip).

It duped a number of folk on board for a little while, so someone not familiar 
with the jizz of a wedgie could easily fall for it.

I can send through a photo or two off line if anyone is interested.


Allan Richardson
Morisset NSW

On 01/02/2013, at 2:15 PM, Mike Carter wrote:

> I saw White-chinned Petrels with white around the face once off SW Victoria. 
> And there were four similar birds together. So if South African type birds 
> can occur in Victoria they surely can in WA. I couldn't find my photos in my 
> digital library so will take a long search of my slides to find them 
> unfortunately.
> Mike Carter
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
> Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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