Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Hauraki Gulf Pelagic

New Zealand storm petrel
Another awesome pelagic trip today, this time into the Hauraki Gulf, North Island, New Zealand. Completely different to the pelagic I had with Josh on Sunday, but just as good. Whereas Sunday was about albatrosses and whales, today was about petrels, especially New Zealand storm petrel. This is a species which for 180 years was considered extinct until the people who run this pelagic rediscovered it and today I saw about 10.



New Zealand storm petrel.


New Zealand storm petrel.


New Zealand storm petrel.


New Zealand storm petrel.


White-capped albatross, the only albatross we saw on this trip, but fortunately it was a different species to those we saw on Sunday, making it the 8th species of albatross seen on the holiday.



Black petrel.


Cook's petrel


Cook's petrel


Flesh-footed shearwater.


Flesh-footed shearwater


Fluttering shearwater.


Sooty shearwater.


Flesh-footed shearwaters and sooty shearwater (the smaller bird with the dark bill).


Kelp gull.


Little penguins. Also today common diving petrels which looked a lot like little auks in flight but were virtually unphotographable!


Fairy prions


Fairy prion


Fairy prion and white-faced petrel.


White-faced petrel.


White-faced petrel.


White-faced petrel.


White-faced petrel.


White-faced petrel. These birds skim across the water, barely touching it with their feet. Notice how there's hardly a rippled on the water. Here's a short video taken on the day.



White-faced petrel.


Always time for a cuppa!


Always time for a kip!





A last look at white-faced and New Zealand petrels, then it's time to head back.

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