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Brent Stephenson
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MEGA - seabirds north of Three Kings, NZ waters

Postby Brent Stephenson » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:26 am

Hi all,

Quick message from Sav who is currently on the Heritage Expeditions WPO that left Tauranga a few days ago. On Sunday 17 Mar he wrote...

Today, in NZ waters North of Three Kings; Collared Petrel, Magnificent Petrel, Fiji Petrel!! Plus Goulds, White-naped, Kermadec, etc


The Fiji was distant and seen for about 30 sec, a small all-dark long-winged petrel seen next to a wedge-tailed shearwater, and clearly not a Bulwer's petrel (edited). Seen for around 30 sec.

That looks like a pretty decent haul of seabirds to me. First record of magnificent for NZ I guess, and for the Fiji...

Cheers,
Brent Stephenson
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Re: MEGA - seabirds north of Three Kings, NZ waters

Postby RussCannings » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:28 am

And first Collared Petrel (if accepted) too no? I don't think any of the Norfolk birds were ever submitted to the NZ committee?
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Re: MEGA - seabirds north of Three Kings, NZ waters

Postby phil hammond » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:53 am

Hi Russ a Collared Petrel was seen on the 2011 Three Kings pelagic. Sav's trip report is on the Wrybill Tours website
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Re: MEGA - seabirds north of Three Kings, NZ waters

Postby RussCannings » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:47 am

Thanks Phil,for some reason I recall not finding it on the NZ List last time I checked.

Hope you guys got photos of the Fiji! ;)
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Re: MEGA - seabirds north of Three Kings, NZ waters

Postby Colin Miskelly » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:00 pm

Hi Russ

You are correct that the Records Appraisal Committee has never received a submission for collared petrel, and so it is not recognised as occurring in New Zealand.

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Re: MEGA - seabirds north of Three Kings, NZ waters

Postby RussCannings » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:00 pm

And I assume Brent that he meant "Bulwer's" as opposed to "Buller's"?
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Re: MEGA - seabirds north of Three Kings, NZ waters

Postby Brent Stephenson » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:12 am

Hey Russ,

Yeah - I need to submit the record for the collared petrel..this might just be the impetus! And yes - it was a Bulwer's, have edited. Funnily enough on my computer I have used Buller's enough that it autocorrected Bulwer's to Buller's!

It sounds like there may not be enough to clinch the Fiji petrel as a first record, but we will see what they get together as a report if they do. I am not sure if there were any images taken.

Cheers,
Brent Stephenson
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