Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 187 - Black-winged Petrel

These were a really challenging bird to photograph - thankfully my family are used to me wandering off in search of bird pictures, even if this time they did abandon me and ride off on their bikes in search of food!

These are Black-winged Petrels (Pterodroma nigripennis), a fast flying bird about 28-30 cm long.  And like most petrels, they are very acrobatic flyers, making them very difficult to follow in flight.  Added to that is that when they do land on the ground, it tends to be half way but a cliff!

These birds were zooming (a technical term) around the cliffs where they nest on Neds Beach on Lord Howe.  Although I did not realise it fully at the time, this is a bird with another great migration story.

In Australia they only breed on a couple of islands off the east coast, Lord Howe being one of them.  In our winter these birds are found in north central Pacific from Japan to Hawaii and coastal central America.  Thats impressive.






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30 comments:

Rhodesia said...

Lovely photos of an interesting bird. Migration never ceases to amaze me! Have a good week Diane

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, wonderful captures of the Black Winged Petrel. I could easily confuse it with a gull. Thanks for hosting, have a great week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful flight shots ...amazing to think of that migration .... Smiled at your family going in search of food while you took these wonderful photos ..that's how you know you're a true professional bird photographer, when it comes before eating! Speaking of professional, was delighted you used "technical" birding terms like zooming ... If you can do it, it makes me feel better about my birding vocabulary, or lack of it. (Only I suspect you actually know the right words and I never do.). Thank you for hosting!

Adam Jones said...

You did superbly well to get those shots Stewart. Flight shots never easy, let alone with a Petrel.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Lovely birds! Thank you for hosting!

Brian King said...

Very nice flight shots!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) A difficult bird to photograph, but your flight shots of the Black Winged Petrel are great. It's a lovely bird!

Denise inVA said...

Always amazes me how far these birds can fly. Fantastic photos Stewart.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

birds and yetis have to be the hardest creatures to photograph. But we keep trying :)

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That last flight photo is superb! Very interesting narrative about a bird I do not expect to ever see.

Sharon Wagner said...

You still got great aerial shots. You must have a good trigger finger.

Nora said...

Yes those flying shots are excellent. And very difficult to get. I am not able to get those. I find the migration story of each bird to be so fascinating.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful birds!

Linda W. said...

It looks like you got some good shots, despite the speedy birds!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....some GREAT images. And educational post as well.

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Great in flight captures.

Chris Rohrer said...

You really have some great sea birds on your posts. Lovely shots.

Liz said...

What a wonderful series, Stewart! Petrels are on my ultimate bucket list of birds!

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

It is amazing how long some birds fly to migrate.
Great snaps - particularly with the azure skies!
Have a Great Week, Stewart!
Peace :)

PS. I have included a 'bird', which an Ornithologist might sneeze at, but I promise I will do better :)

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Well done on the high flying in motion shots. That's difficult to accomplish.

pattisjarrett said...

Distinctive markings under the wings as seen overhead. A handsome bird, for sure! Thanks for hosting!

Marilyn Kircus said...

A great series, especially with having to work to hard on an empty stomach. I do appreciate how you share you knowledge and pictures with us and host Wildbirds.

photodoug said...

Stewart, great captures of the Black-winged Petrel in flight. Thanks for sharing.

Phil Slade said...

Those pictures would not be easy Stewart. I think you did exceptionally well, particularly aginst the sky.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful birds!

Missy George said...

Pretty markings...Great motion shots..They make me dizzy..

Silver Parrot said...

Very nice. Looks like they led you on quite the chase!

Linda said...

Beautiful petrols! I assume your family came back for you.

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos! The migrations that many creatures undertake are amazing.
My favorite being the Monarch butterfly.

June Caedmon said...

You did pretty good capturing these, Stewart! I hope you're feeling better.