GREAT SHEARWATER Puffinus gravis

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Probably the most familiar of large shearwaters to most British birders, but not occuring in British waters to the extent they used to. Easily identified with good views, they breed on Tristan da Cunha and to a lesser extent on the Falklands/Malvinas, birds disperse over the whole of the Northern Atlantic. A gregarious ship-follower, the main reason for lower numbers off the UK in autumn is probably changed fishing practices in UK waters.

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