White Chinned Petrels

This morning the wind was blowing from the East and increasing so at midday I headed out to Cape Pembroke lighthouse in the hope of seeing either a Soft Plumaged or Atlantic petrel.


When I got to the point large numbers of Sooty Shearwaters were moving through close inshore soon I picked out a White Chinned Petrel in a group of Sooty Shearwaters.

White Chinned Petrel (Second from left) with 4 Sooty Shearwaters 

I saw a total of 42 White Chinned Petrels including 1 flock of 4 birds together.



Two White Chinned Petrels together

Unfortunately I did not see any pterodroma petrels but other birds seen were Black Browed Albatross, Southern Giant Petrel, 1 Northern Giant Petrel, 2 Great Shearwaters, Falklands Skua, Brown Hooded Gull, South American Tern, King Cormorant & Rock Shag.

3 thoughts on “White Chinned Petrels

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    Great size comparison shots Alan. Sorry to hear that you didin't find them this time but what is the seasonality of those Atlantic Petrel sightings off the Falklands?

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    Hi Mate, hope all is well. Like the previous chap stated it is good to see the size difference between the two species. Also can see a hint of silver in the wing tips. Looks like the Red Plum is to be repaired, so all being well will be seeing you sometime in the future. Keep tabs on that Shoveler, I still need it for my Fi list.

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    Hi Claudio,

    Atlantic Petrels & Soft Plumaged Petrels can be seen off Cape Pembroke from Feb – April if the wind is strong and is in or has been in an Easterly direction. As I saw 8+ birds today January can now be added to the months that they can be seen.

    Hi Steve,

    Glad to hear the news and look forward to seeing you soon, The Red Shoveler is a two day job due to its location (Up to six birds have been there for a few years)

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