FW: Strange Petrel

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Subject: FW: Strange Petrel
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:47:15 +1030
Subject: Strange Petrel
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:23:46 +1030

how about a dark morph Herald Petrel ?? size & jizz would fit better than 
Murphy's, wouldn't it?? or was this bird too far north for a Herald??
martin cachard,

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> Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 16:20:03 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Strange Petrel
> 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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