Possible Black Petrel on Fingal Beach

Subject: Possible Black Petrel on Fingal Beach
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:04:00 +1100
Hi Nick,
Nice find! Definitely a Black Petrel. It's a dark Procellaria petrel with a black tipped bill which narrows it to either Black or Westland - even in this iPhone image you can see that the very tip of the hook (the maxillary unguis) droops below an imaginary straight line running along the lower edge of the lower mandible and this rules out Westland Petrel.

It is very unlikely to survive on the beach. A wildlife career might collect if you can provide them an exact location. If it doesn't make it, it would probably make a valuable addition to the either the Australian Museum or the National Wildlife Collection.


Rohan Clarke

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