Fwd: Strange Petrel

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Subject: Fwd: Strange Petrel
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:20:05 +1000
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From: Mick Roderick <<>>
Date: 2 June 2014 6:27:39 pm AEST
To: Nikolas Haass <<>>, Stephen 
Murray <<>>, 
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Strange Petrel
Reply-To: Mick Roderick <<>>

Murphy's crossed my mind too Nikolas, but the bird does look more like an 
"unusual Cookilaria" than what I imagine a Murphy's to look like (meaning, I 
have never seen one!).

Steve - is that 3rd image (bird flying away banking with wings 11 and 5 
o'clock) the same bird? It appears to be longer-winged in that image if so.

Also, where exactly where you when you say "NE Pacific"?


On Monday, 2 June 2014 6:08 PM, Nikolas Haass 
<<>> wrote:

Hi Steve,

What about Murphy's Petrel. I guess the face is a bit too white and the
primary bases not extremely reflective. But maybe that fits still within
the range of Murphy's?



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On 2/06/14 4:20 PM, "Stephen Murray" 
<<>> wrote:

>Hello all.
>Here's one for the seabirders. I was recently on a cruise in the North
>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
>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.
>few ordinary photos can be seen here
> with some of the
>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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