Thursday, 15 August 2013

108. White-faced Storm Petrel (Pelagodroma marina)

White-faced Storm Petrel is the final storm petrel in the Collins guide, and is the only one you could potentially see in Europe that has white underparts. It's also distinctive in having rather broad wings unlike the other storm petrels, which it can fan out into a round paddle shape, and even longer legs than Leach's Storm Petrel. Apparently if you are particularly imaginative, you could even confuse it with the phalaropes! It breeds on Madeira, the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands in the north Atlantic, and also a few other islands in the south Atlantic and Pacific; outside of the breeding season it roams these oceans and also the Indian Ocean.

White-faced Storm Petrel, ©Seabamirum, via Flickr Creative Commons.
White-faced Storm Petrel sketch.
Yet again, on the chunky side. Reckon if I just compressed it a bit vertically it would probably be spot on!

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