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By Derek Onley, Paul Scofield

Recognized for his or her dimension and magnificence in flight, albatrosses are generic to somebody who has travelled in the course of the southern oceans, and are a flagship relations of conservation crisis. in spite of the fact that, albatrosses are only one of many teams of 'pelagic' birds - those who stopover at land merely to reproduce, and spend the remainder of their lives faraway from the coast, hovering from ocean to ocean in a endless look for nutrients. Mysterious and swish, those birds can current an impressive identity problem to even the main skilled birder. This ebook presents the reply - the 1st entire consultant to pelagic birds, the albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm-petrels and diving petrels. a complete of forty six incredible color plates spotlight key identity standards of the birds in flight, with close-ups of diagnostic areas of the plumage. The plates are followed by means of actual distribution maps, whereas the gleaming textual content brings the area of those extraordinary birds to existence. numerous super infrequent species, reminiscent of Beck's Petrel, are illustrated for the 1st time, whereas the recent Zealand Storm-petrel, rediscovered as lately as 2004, can be incorporated. Sea-watchers all over the global will locate this remarkable box consultant critical.

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Widespread throughout southern oceans but rare off southern South America. Juvenile similar to adult. 1a Underparts Entirely dark brown, slightly paler around base of bill with silvery wash over outer flight feathers, which can look like a pale patch in strong light. 1b Upperparts Entirely dark brown. 2. 183 A large, dark, long-winged petrel similar to Great-winged (with which sometimes considered conspecific), nesting only in New Zealand. Grey-faced is slightly larger than Great-winged with a heavier bill, but unless the pale face is seen well it is very difficult to distinguish between the two.

Belly and flanks mostly white with broad brown breast-band and mostly dark undertail-coverts. Plumage C Plumage shown by both New Zealand races, Tristan, Amsterdam Like juvenile but with white mottling appearing on hindneck, saddle, rump and uppertail-coverts. Belly and flanks mostly white with faint brown breast-band and dark on undertail-coverts. Plumage D Plumage shown by Tristan, both New Zealand races Head and neck mostly white except for brownish crown and mottling on sides of neck. Body mostly white with brown and grey vermiculations and blotches on saddle and rump.

Juvenile and immature same as Black-browed. Campbell fledges with brown eyes, which slowly turn yellow. Most have at least a trace of colour by second year but it is often hard to see. Close up, adult Campbell Albatross is easily told from Black-browed by yellow eye, but young birds with brown eyes are indistinguishable. At a distance, the darker underwing of Campbell is not a useful ID character since immature Black-browed can have a similar pattern. 2a Adult underparts As Black-browed except for underwing darker and more untidy toward the base.

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