A group of us were fishing north-west of Mana Island this morning when a Juan Fernandez petrel flew past. I had seen it in the distance and picked it as a large Pterodroma, and was surprised when it approached closer and banked to reveal its pure white underwing with no noticeable carpal bar. Sorry no photos (I had an albacore on the line).
Other birds much as expected (white-capped mollymawk, flesh-footed shearwater, Buller's shearwater, sooty shearwater, fluttering shearwater, gannet, southern black-backed gull and white-fronted tern). No marine mammals seen.
Nga mihi nui
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Great find Colin ... but did you land the fish ...
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Ha! I think that was one that a mako got half of while I was distracted. But the action was fast and furious (5 albacore on 5 lines at the time), so our planned 2-night trip was curtailed as the chilly bins were full.