Bulwer's & Tahiti Petrels

Subject: Bulwer's & Tahiti Petrels
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 18:59:17 +1000
Apologies for cross-posting but thought that this might interest some members, 
received this message from Desmond Allen regarding seabird ID from the 
Have posted the Bulwer's Petrel images on the photo section of seabirdsaus
Please post your views on this forum or contact Des on 


/Hi Tom
I am submitting a records paper that includes a couple of seabirds from you vicinty. I wonder if you would have time to comment or know someone who would?
The first is Tahiti Petrel:
Tahiti Petrel   Pseudobulweria rostrata
New area record
Babuyan Claro - a single bird was seen offshore from here not long before arriving there, 16/4/04 DA. It was approximately shearwater-sized though it could not be directly compared with other birds. It was the shape of a shearwater and flew with straight wings. It had a dark bill, chocolate brown upperparts, head and upper breast, with a clean break to a white lower breast belly and flanks. No white was noticed on the underwings despite observation down to 20m, but the sea was rough. At a distance, the rump sometimes appeared white but that seems to have been due to the extent of white on the flanks and it was clearly brown at close quarters. There are two previous records from the Philippines: Luzon 26/5/26 and Negros 21/8/63

and the other is Bulwer's Petrel for which I have video clips including the attached
Many thanks for any help

Tom & Marie Tarrant
Samsonvale, Qld 4520

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