Strange Petrel

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Subject: Strange Petrel
From: Stephen Murray <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:20:03 +1000
Hello all.


Here's one for the seabirders. I was recently on a cruise in the North East
Pacific where I photographed a rather strange all dark petrel. I am of the
opinion that it is a dark morph of Mottled Petrel, but I can find no mention
of such a thing in the literature. I am swayed by the fact that there were
numerous Mottled Petrels in the same area, and the shape looks the same.  A
few ordinary photos can be seen here along with some of the 'regular'
mottled petrels. I am aware that the extent of dark underneath is variable
but this bird has a dark underwing as well. 

What do people think?


Cheers Steve Murray

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