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Providence Petrel

Providence Petrel (Image ID 35249)
Photographed byIan Wilson on Sun 28th Apr, 2019 and uploaded on Mon 13th May, 2019 .
Resolution1400x990
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ID35249
CommentOne of the great spectacles of the bird world happens at Lord Howe Island in April each year when up to 30,000 Providence Petrels return to the island to breed. This extraordinary concentration of birds can be observed each evening from the land at Little Island and from the water from BLP member Jack Shick's charter boat. I have chosen this image from many because it nicely shows the key ID points for this species. On first sight the silvery-white underwing flashes and dark-grey upperwings are enough to ID the bird. When it is closer, the scaly pale face, chunky black bill and black feet confirm the ID. This individual is in fresh plumage at the start of the breeding season.
EquipmentCanon 1DxII + 400 mm f/4 DO II + 1.4x III extender, hand-held.
Manual, spot metering, AI Servo spot AF, f/5.6, 1/3200 sec, ISO 800.
Processed using DPP4 and PSE14 with Neat Image plug-in.
LocationOff the Lagoon. (Lord Howe Island)
Keywordsin flight, adult
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