BotB III: Albatross, Petrels, Shearwaters and Storm-Petrels

Next up on the list are what I call the “Tubenoses”: Albatross, petrels, shearwaters and storm-petrels.

Tubenoses: Albatross, Petrels, Shearwaters and Storm-Petrels
Families:Diomedeidae, Procellariidae and Hydrobatidae
# of Albatross Species: 2
# of Petrel Species: 4
# of Shearwater Species: 5
# of Storm-petrel Species: 6
Species Seen / Photographed: 0 / 0

The “Tubenoses” are a group of pelagic birds who spend much of their lives in open water, rarely coming to shore except to nest. There ranges tend to keep them away from most birders who aren’t willing to board a ship, except during migration or when storms force them toward land. Unfortunately, that has resulted in me not having seen a single species in this group – I am fairly sure I was a storm-petrel in North Carolina on evening but can’t be sure.

Sigh… one of these days…


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