Wednesday, 15 August 2012

East coast Wilson's Storm Petrel

East coast of the States that is. A twitchable WISP on the East coast of Scotland might even have me chasing...

I was very pleased to finally get some decent views of Wilson's Storm Petrels (off Cape Cod, MA, in July) - after all they are reputed to be one of the world's most abundant species of birds. Off Cape Cod they certainly weren't uncommon though there were not keen to hang around close to any of the whale watching boats - no chumming on these trips!

Unlike me they were on their winter vacation, seeking refuge from their Antarctic breeding grounds. Taking advantage of the northern summer to feed up and moult.

 Here are a few more shots to help get my eye in for next time... on this side of the Atlantic, please.

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