Raja and I had a look at Raja's photos.
The White-tailed Tropicbird was an immature bird.
The South Polar Skua looks actually quite good for an intermediate morph South
Polar Skua - even at the pale end of the intermediate morph.
The petrel, however, is not an easy one. If the first two pictures, indeed show
the same bird, then we can clearly rule out White-headed Petrel, although all
the remaining pictures make this bird look like a White-headed Petrel. I think
that I was the second person who got on the bird after Tom called it, and my
immediate impression was "mid-sized Pterodroma shape" and "Hutton's Shearwater
plumage". I.e. Dark upperparts including head (or at least cap), white
underparts, and mostly dark-looking underwings, which in certain angles
showed some white flash. This white flash did not appear like the white
primary bases in a Providence petrel and was definitely not as extensive as in
a White-necked Petrel or most Cookilarias (neither White-necked Petrel nor
the overall impression anyway). Therefore, I was thinking "pale or
intermediate morph Soft-plumaged Petrel". Unfortunately, this ID is not really
supported by the pictures. Comments?
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