Aberrant Short-tailed Shearwaters

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Subject: Aberrant Short-tailed Shearwaters
From: Phil & Sue Gregory <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 21:26:46 +1000
Did a seawatch at Garie Beach in Royal NP on Oct 24, during a very wet and cold day with low cloud across the sea at times. There were hundreds of Short-tailed Shearwater passing quite close by, and these included two aberrant birds:

The first resembled a miniature gannet, with white head, neck and forewing merging spottily into a dark hindwing. The second had a white head and quite greyish plumage, initially giving mea bit of a start, but size,shape, jizz and underwing were exactly as congeners.

There were several Flutton's Shearwaters and a couple of putative Hutton's, plus one adult Black-browed Albatross, and what looked to be an adult of the Campbell Is (NZ Black-browed) Albatross.

Phil Gregory

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