Fairy prion in Karori, Wellington

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Fairy prion in Karori, Wellington

Postby kimbirdley » Tue May 29, 2018 10:48 am

My friend found this dead prion in Karori, Wellington. What are the chances that they are breeding on the mainland in Wellington?

Also keen for some help with I.D. as my prion knowledge isn't great. Do we think it's likely to be a fairy prion?

http://inaturalist.nz/observations/12907658
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Ian Southey
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Re: Fairy prion in Karori, Wellington

Postby Ian Southey » Tue May 29, 2018 12:51 pm

Looks like a Salvin's Prion, maybe Antarctic. Bill is not massive enough for a Broad-billed Prion. Can't see enough detail at the base of the bill to be totally sure.

It's come in off the sea and won't be breeding locally.

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Re: Fairy prion in Karori, Wellington

Postby David Riddell » Wed May 30, 2018 8:09 am

Some more images have been added to this record. Going by the last photo (dark bill with slightly bowed sides) I'd go with Salvin's as well.
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Re: Fairy prion in Karori, Wellington

Postby Michael Szabo » Wed May 30, 2018 9:56 am

The new photos show the bill from above.
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