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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Unidentified Petrel species, Porthcawl

Slightly larger than Storm Petrel, closer to Leach's in size. Upperwings shaped like Storm but held in shallow bow like leach's when alighting over wave and feeding with dangling legs in trailing surf. Upperwings all dark/black with no wing bar, head black as well as back, white rump with no split, tail dark/black, short and square ended. Flight lazy, small zig-zags with regular quick single flap. Underbody - belly and breast off white with a brownish border running along the wings. From below head was dark including chin. Underwings were more browinsh than black with light grey shading to a large part of centre wing running from base of wing to 2/3rds to tip. In view for 2 to 3 mins and drifted slowly west. Distance was 2/3 way to yellow bouy, so as scope views go, regarded as close and well seen. All waders and hirundines have been excluded in identification because of its closeness and feeding behaviour.  - comments (proper ones) welcome

Also seen in 2hrs seawtach - juv Sabine's Gull sitting on sea for 15mins before flying west, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Auk sp, 3 Whimbrel & 5 Turnstone.

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