BULWER'S PETREL Bulweria bulwerii


Widespread in tropical and subtropical areas of the three main oceans, these all-dark petrels, forming a genus with Jouanin's, are small with a wedge-shaped tail which is held closed, appearing long and pointed. Despite this unique appearence they can be confused at range with large Storm-petrels e.g. Matsudaira's, or even Noddies. Tending to be solitary at sea, and having nothing to do with ships, often makes them difficult photographic subjects, but around Madeira they are numerous and easily photographed from a pelagic trip.


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