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Cape Petrel

Daption capense

Description:

An unmistakable petrel. Black head and neck, with white underside. The undersides of the wings are white with a black border. The back and upper wings have the beautiful white-and-black checkerboard pattern, and the tail is white with a black band along the tip. Fairly small, probably about the size of a black-headed gull. They feed primarily on small crustaceans, mainly krill. They followed our ship in large flocks, and are very numerous.

Habitat:

Open ocean, but returning to land for breeding. Found throughout the Southern Ocean, right down to the Antarctic continent.

Notes:

One of the most common birds on my trip, they would hang around in large flocks. Also one of my favourites!

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1 Comment

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

I can see why such a bird is one of your favorites! The patterns on the wings is just stellar!

LauraMaria
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Spotted on Jan 10, 2013
Submitted on Feb 25, 2013

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