A curious White Faced Storm Petrel

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Weka1
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A curious White Faced Storm Petrel

Postby Weka1 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:20 pm

Just found what I have identified as a White Faced Storm Petrel. Long legs, yellowish webs.
Found off public walking track some 50 metres from sea, close to Russell town. Very fresh. Head had been removed.
A number of scenarios would account for the unusual situation of place and condition.

Rump is grey. Tail not deeply forked. Just what does deeply forked mean anyway?
Is this a dulciae or a young maoriana?
Seems a tad early for juvenile maorianas, but nothing is impossible.

WFSP 2 (2).JPG
Yellowish webbing
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WFSP 1 (2).JPG
Legs extend well beyond tail
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WFSP 3 (2).JPG
No deep fork in tail. Grey rump
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Weka1
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Re: A curious White Faced Storm Petrel

Postby Weka1 » Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:32 pm

Curiouser and curiouser.
Just found a possible White Faced Storm Petrel wing at Russell in bush some 100 metres inland, 70 metres from the previous dead (and predated) bird.
This one was a few feathers, a bit of blood and a wing, all fresh.
The wing has that distinctive sharp and somewhat acrid "seabirdy" smell.
Again possibly a beach wreck. But two? And fresh, both inland in bush and what has eaten them? Possibly a cat. If so how did it get them?
I am confused!
Have I misidentified the birds?
The first was easily identified. The second is drawing a longer bow.
predated wing 1 (2).JPG
Predated wing bottom
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predated wing top
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Weka1
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Re: A curious White Faced Storm Petrel

Postby Weka1 » Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:34 pm

This is getting a little weird.
A third White Faced Storm Petrel (see pic note yellow web) found under the kanuka canopy in the inner Bay of Islands is very odd.
100 metres inland, close to where the second was found and under the canopy.
Dried and possibly predated. Hard to tell.
But three WFSP found off the beach?

A family of four Ruru; parents and two chicks, were day roosting close by (see pic). Maybe they are catching the petrels, but how? I've never see WFSP this far into the Bay.
2 Morepork family 4.jpg
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Predated WFSP wing Feb 2020.JPG
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