A curious White Faced Storm Petrel

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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
WFSP 2 (2).JPG (302.52 KiB) Viewed 187 times

WFSP 1 (2).JPG
Legs extend well beyond tail
WFSP 1 (2).JPG (452.03 KiB) Viewed 187 times
WFSP 3 (2).JPG
No deep fork in tail. Grey rump
WFSP 3 (2).JPG (509.9 KiB) Viewed 187 times

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