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By Derek Onley, Paul Scofield

Recognized for his or her measurement and magnificence in flight, albatrosses are time-honored to somebody who has travelled throughout the southern oceans, and are a flagship kin of conservation problem. although, albatrosses are only one of many teams of 'pelagic' birds - those who stopover at land simply to reproduce, and spend the remainder of their lives faraway from the coast, hovering from ocean to ocean in a endless look for nutrition. Mysterious and swish, those birds can current an impressive identity problem to even the main skilled birder. This e-book presents the reply - the 1st finished advisor to pelagic birds, the albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm-petrels and diving petrels. a complete of forty six mind-blowing color plates spotlight key identity standards of the birds in flight, with close-ups of diagnostic areas of the plumage. The plates are followed through exact distribution maps, whereas the gleaming textual content brings the realm of those remarkable birds to existence. a number of super infrequent species, reminiscent of Beck's Petrel, are illustrated for the 1st time, whereas the hot Zealand Storm-petrel, rediscovered as lately as 2004, is additionally incorporated. Sea-watchers everywhere in the global will locate this incredible box advisor necessary.

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Bill pinkishgrey. 2b Adult underparts Scruffy grey-brown with lighter belly and undertail-coverts. Underwing mainly dark, paler on bases of primaries. 2c Immature upperparts Dark as juvenile; bill paler grey. 2d Immature underparts Entirely dark brown as juvenile, slightly paler on flight feathers of underwing. 2e Pale bird, underparts Paler almost white head and underparts with darker collar or breast-band and pinkish bill. Rare. Unclear if plumage varies with age in these birds. 2f Juvenile on sea Entirely dark brown except for narrow whitish band at base of bill and spot behind eye.

At a distance, when you cannot see the bill details, they all look like adult Indian birds. Told from Black-browed, Campbell and Grey-headed Albatrosses by white underwing. From Buller’s by white head and black bill, but note that the underwing pattern in young birds can look like Buller’s because the dark leading edge is broader than in adults. Both yellow-nosed albatrosses are relatively slightly built, with smallish heads and rather long, thin-looking bills, and can be told at a distance by jizz.

3b Lesser Snow Petrel, upperparts All white, black bill, black eye and small black eye-patch. 56 1c 1b 1a 2c 2b 2a 3b 3a Plate 14: all-dark Petrels 1. 182 A large, dark, long-winged petrel with heavy black bill. Very similar to Grey-faced (with which sometimes considered conspecific). Widespread throughout southern oceans but rare off southern South America. Juvenile similar to adult. 1a Underparts Entirely dark brown, slightly paler around base of bill with silvery wash over outer flight feathers, which can look like a pale patch in strong light.

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