New Zealand Storm-petrel seen off Port Stephens, NSW (and 2nd record alr

To: "Mick Roderick" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: New Zealand Storm-petrel seen off Port Stephens, NSW (and 2nd record already)
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Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:08:27 +1100
Mick et al.,
What an amazing find - congratulations! To my mind photos don't leave any room for doubt. Structure, including those rather narrow and sharply pointed wings and trailing toes beyond the tail tip, and plumage look fine. Streaking on the flanks and belly show this bird to be a well marked individual (but not excessively dark) compared to some in the Hauraki Gulf, NZ.

Of interest to all, the history of the species rediscovery in NZ is documented here...

Some pics of up to 10 different birds taken in the Hauraki Gulf when I was involved in a trip to catch birds and fit transmitters to them in an effort to find and secure the breeding grounds can be found here.

Congrats again,

Rohan Clarke

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