Nature Notes

September 7, 2011

Trindade Petrel: North Carolina Pelagic

Filed under: North Carolina,Pelagic — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Trindade Petrel, Pterodroma arminjoniana

Trindade Petrel, Pterodroma arminjoniana, is a rarity off the Carolina coast, it appears in various morphs from light to dark (shown).It breeds on isolated islands in Atlantic (Trinidad and Martin Vaz). Might be confused with the Sooty Shearwater, Puffinus griseus, which has less crooked wings as well as a longer bill

There is a disjunct population in the Indian and Pacific Ocean which has been considered a race of this species but it is often considered a seperate species, Herald Petrel, Pterodroma heraldica.

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  1. I am finally catching up, Harold. Great capture of the Trindade Petrel. Shows great skill – and luck, of course. I love the Northwestern Crow – such typical posture, I can almost hear its cry. And the Chilean Skua, what an impressive bird, and again wonderful photos! Thanks, by the way, for mentioning my post “After the Storm” on Twitter.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — September 7, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  2. Thanks Hilke!!

    Comment by Harold — September 8, 2011 @ 12:05 am

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