Don't give up on your giant petrels just yet. I would contend that NGPs are
often relatively easy, if they're ones with a more strongly marked red tip.
That can be visible at times up to, I'd say, about 100 meters (through a
'scope). For SGP, you've just got to be sure you can see the green tip to
the bill, which, again, is sometimes not too difficult. The problem is with
the poorly marked ones. I'm now more cautious about ones with completely
pale bills where I can't see the colour of the tip, such as one yesterday
which was probably no more than 30 meters off the headland, but I just
couldn't see the green. Two weeks ago (to my shame) I'd have called it a
>Hi all, this recent informed discussion about the Giant Petrels has I'm
>sure been most enlightening for many of us. I must thank those dedicated
>analysts for all their information and views.( Seriously). However, it does
>now leave (me at least) with no certainty whatsoever as to which ones I've
>seen and which I haven't.
>I think I'll just trust to luck and stick with the notion of having seen
>them both, but I'm now wondering whether I should create a new hybrid
>category in my tally or not. What do other "pelags" out there think?
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