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    Itook this a while back when there was a big wreck of seabirds here in NZ. Is this a Southern Giant Petrel?

  • #2
    Looks good for Giant Petrel to me. A beast of a bird. Dan

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    • #3
      Certainly looks like juv Southern (giganteus). No hint of Northern's pinkish bill tip.

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        A better head shot

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        • #5
          Surely a Northern. The bill looks spot on for Northern, and very wrong for Southern.

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          • #6
            This is a juvenile bird, and the bill colour does not appear to be fully developed (as it sometimes isn't at this stage). The plumage tones and the sharply defined bill colour both point to Northern GP (halli). Hope it didn't puke its breakfast over you.

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            • #7
              Yes that is a juvenile Northern Giant Petrel.

              Cheers

              Alan
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              • #8
                Is the bill tip genuinely a different colour, or just covered in wet sand?

                Looks like the latter to me . . .

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                • #9
                  The bill was free from sand, so is the genuine colour. I still lean towards southern, just! This is the last photo I took before I left it to rest.Click image for larger version

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                  • #10
                    Juvenile Northern

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Greensky View Post
                      Juvenile Northern
                      I would agree fully that it is a first year northern giant petrel

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                      • #12
                        I think I'd better stick to the northern hemisphere!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KeithinTas View Post
                          I would agree fully that it is a first year northern giant petrel
                          So would I. The upper mandible appears to be developing reddish tones that a Southern would surely never show.

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