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Petrodromas

When out at sea off Madeira last week we had some serious Petrodroma action. This Fea’s petrol was skirting the melee of Cory’s Shearwaters as they gorged on a bait ball of fish. Never coming close it always chose to be on its own away from the boat. I was pleased to get a record shot.

Its sister species, Zino’s Petrel, was much less easily observed. A trip at night not for the fainthearted along a steep mountain ridge, 6000 feet up  is required to see this species away from the sea . It nests here in crevices. They could be heard and seen as they returned to their nests under cover of darkness. But that’s a tale for another day. Thanks are due to Catarina and Hugo at ‘Wind Birds’ for all their help.

 

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