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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