Joe Pender Wildlife Photography

Monday, 28 November 2011

Sooty Shearwater

Sooty Shearwaters breed on small islands in the south Pacific and south Atlantic Oceans, mainly around New Zealand, theFalkland IslandsTierra del Fuego and also in the Auckland Islands and Phillip Island off Norfolk Island
They are spectacular long-distance migrants, following a circular route, travelling north up the western side of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans at the end of the nesting season in March–May, reaching sub Arctic waters in June–July where they cross from west to east, then returning south down the eastern side of the oceans in September–October, reaching to the breeding colonies in November. 


  1. Hi friends,

    The sooty shearwater is a medium-large shearwater in the seabird family Procellariidae. This shearwater is identifiable by its dark plumage which is responsible for its name. In poor viewing conditions it looks all black, but in good light it shows as dark chocolate-brown a silvery strip along the center of the underwing. Thanks.....

  2. Especially like the light on the underside of the bird in the first shot..