Wednesday 23 August 2023

Wild Bird Wednesday 578 - Cape Petrel

The Cape Petrel (Daption capense) is a very distinctive black and white petrel which can be found off most of the coast of southern Australia.  In my (very) limited experience it is one of the easiest birds to identify on pelagic trips.  Many of the other birds - especially the other petrels - have only slight differences in plumage, but the Cape Petrel is very distinctive.

The Cape petrel, also called the Cape pigeon, pintado petrel, or Cape fulmar, is a common seabird of the Southern Ocean from the family Procellariidae. It is the only member of the genus Daption.

The bird probably looks most like a pigeon when it lands on the water.

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  1. Hari OM
    It's a bonny bird! YAM xx

  2. Thank you for the introduction to yes, a distinctive bird! Wishing you a good week. Stewart Aloha!

  3. Great Shots Stewart of this beautiful bird. Thanks hosting. Have a great week ahead.

  4. These are fabulous. They make me think of Jonathon Livingston seagull if you knew that book (the art - I know they are different birds!_

    1. Yes, I know that book. First read it when I was about 16 - which is a very long time ago. Still on my shelf in the 'library' of our house. SM

  5. It really is a very dashing bird, one of my favourites on pelagic trips I have taken. Quite like you Stewart, suave and debonair, dashing and delightful, soaring to new heights and conquering the wind!

  6. Great shots! The water in the final pictures looks beautiful.