Wednesday 15 May 2024

Wild Bird Wednesday 616 - Fairy Prion

Not all of the birds that you see while on a pelagic trip are large and robust.

The Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur) is reasonably small, being a little smaller than a thrush and weighing about 140 grams (just under 5 ounces).

And yet it is at home on the breaking waves of the ocean, out past the continental shelf, rubbing shoulders with albatross, shearwaters, and petrels of all forms. 

Identification of Prions is a bit of an art form - and I was grateful to have expert advice on hand for these birds!










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13 comments:

  1. The fairy prion does look rather small and delicate to be flying out there over the great wide ocean!!

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  2. Seabirds are indeed a special green. And the smaller ones are incredibly heroic and resourceful. Thanks for this beautiful series Aloha Stewart

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  3. Hello Stewart :)
    The small Fairy Prion is made of stronger stuff than it looks to brave the environment of the ocean. I'm sorry about my entry this week, it's only a sparrow.
    All the best
    Sonjia.

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  4. I've never heard of these before. Love the low close to the water photos. Nice sequence of photos.

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  5. Great flight shots of this bird Stewart. Thanks for hostong and commenting and have a good week ahead.

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  6. Beautiful photos. He is diving. Greetings Caroline

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  7. fantastic shots......
    cute little bird

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  8. Wonderful pictures. Such a small bird for such a large venue... I assume it can swim or at least float.

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  9. Lovely photos of the small bird! Sweet!

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  10. Gratuluję udanych zdjęć w locie. Nie jest to łatwe z długim obiektywem.

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