Help with Shearwater ID

To: "'Chris Gregory'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Help with Shearwater ID
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 21:25:04 +1100
I strategically avoided that bit. 
The descriptions you quote are inaccurate. Depends which side of the foot
you are looking at and they are definitely not just tipped black. The
outside half of foot and tarsus is entirely dark grey and the inside half is
pink. When in flight they look like they have two different coloured legs, a
dark grey near-side leg and pink leg and foot on the other. Not sure how
long it stays pink for after death.
Maybe Ted could give us some more clarity on this feature.

Cheers Jeff.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Chris Gregory
Sent: Monday, 8 February 2010 8:50 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Help with Shearwater ID

But what about the feet? Buller's are pink (S&D) or fleshy-white,tipped
black (Pizzey). This one had "bluish". Does feet colour change post mortem?

Cheers Chris

On 8 February 2010 18:37, Jeff Davies <> wrote:

> I agree Bill, Buller's would be a very good fit on size and under-wing,
> especially if the upper-parts were very worn which is not uncommon for
> birds
> that die in poor condition.
> Cheers Jeff.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of Moorhead Family
> Sent: Monday, 8 February 2010 6:27 PM
> To: Mike Carter
> Cc: Birding Aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Help with Shearwater ID
> Ted says 'Blackish'....I found a dead Buller's SW that was most obviously
> very white underneath and appeared darker upperside (maybe because it was
> dead?...I.E. the M didn't appear that obvious at first)....wingspan is
> about
> right
> Cheers,
> Bill

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU