Strange Petrel

To: "'robert morris'" <>, <>
Subject: Strange Petrel
From: Stephen Murray <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:16:51 +1000
Thanks Rob and everyone else that has pointed me in the right direction. I
am now persuaded that it is  a Murphy's Petrel, slightly north of the range
shown in field guides, but one I should have considered. I have added a
photo which shows the upperwing a bit better. 

Cheers Steve Murray


From: robert morris  
Sent: Monday, 2 June 2014 9:06 PM
To: ; 
Subject: Strange Petrel



It's a Murphy's Petrel. A scarce but regular to this area particularly in
May- June. I saw a similar looking bird in May 13 off Santa Barbara.



> From: 
> To: 
> 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
> 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. A
> few ordinary photos can be seen here
> along 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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