MAGELLAN DIVING-PETREL Pelecanoides magellani


Four species of diving-petrel have evolved to frustrate birders and photographers, due to their habit of flying short distances and diving straight under the surface. Almost impossible to distinguish at sea, due to such brief views, and the fact that three of the four overlap in ranges. This bird was photographed in the Humboldt Current, where it overlaps with Peruvian in the very far north of its range, but in an area where it is the only diving-petrel, so identification is fairly certain. Doesn't make it easier to photograph though.


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