Sunday 4 January 2009

Short-tailed Shearwater, Vaucluse

Short-tailed Shearwater (honestly!)  Puffinus tenuirostris

I've never had the patience for sea-watching despite the appealing romance of staring out to sea all day and adding numerous birds to my list. But, with the south Pacific stretching its broad horizon out in front of our new 'unit', there is now no excuse.

Short-tailed Shearwaters were abundant today with the likely presence of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters too. The two are common here and similar in appearance but the diagnostic pink feet of the wedge-tails were silhouetted from my vantage. Any wedge-shaped tails were also indistinguishable during banked flight.

For a more accomplished report from just down the coast see here.


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