SHEARWATERS AND PETRELS   -   PROCELLARIIDAE

For my trip to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica in 2015, I am using the South American Checklist Committee's geographic limits for determining which species to include: "...continental South America and all islands within 1200 km of its shores eastward into the Atlantic and westward into the Pacific oceans (including Malpelo, the Galapagos islands, San Felix and San Ambrosio, the Juan Fernandez islands, Fernando de Noronha, Trindade, Martin Vaz, São Pedro and São Paulo Archipelago, and the Falklands/Malvinas) ... and ... waters within 200 nautical miles of the coasts of these land areas, including the islands." Photos from South Georgia and Antarctica will not be included in this gallery. I will make separate photo galleries for them at a later date.


Southern Giant-Petrel - Macronectes giganteus
Southern Giant-Petrel
Macronectes giganteus
About 60 nautical miles northeast of the eastern tip of Tierra del Fuego.
Juvenile. You can't get an idea of the size of these petrels with a photo like this. They can have wingspans of up to two meters, almost the same as small albatrosses. (S8)


Southern Giant-Petrel - Macronectes giganteus
Southern Giant-Petrel
Macronectes giganteus
Lemaire Straight, between Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados, Argentina.
Juvenile. (S8)


Southern Giant-Petrel - Macronectes giganteus
Southern Giant-Petrel
Macronectes giganteus
Valdes Peninsula, Chubut province, Argentina.
This bird has more white on the throat compared to the juveniles above, but is still largely brown and could be aged as an "immature". (S6)


Northern Giant-Petrel - Macronectes halli
Northern Giant-Petrel
Macronectes halli
Lemaire Straight, between Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados, Argentina.
Adult. (S8)


Northern Giant-Petrel - Macronectes halli
Northern Giant-Petrel
Macronectes halli
Lemaire Straight, between Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados, Argentina.
Juvenile. (S8)


Cape Petrel - Daption capense
Cape Petrel
Daption capense capense
Lemaire Straight, between Tierra del Fuego and Isla de los Estados, Argentina.
(S8)


Soft-plumaged Petrel - Pterodroma mollis
Soft-plumaged Petrel
Pterodroma mollis
About 170 nautical miles ESE of the Falklands.
(S8)


Galapagos Petrel - Pterodroma phaeopygia
Galapagos Petrel
Pterodroma phaeopygia
Bolívar channel, between Isabela & Fernandina Islands, Galapagos, Ecuador.
The Galapagos Petrel was formerly lumped with the Dark-rumped Petrel of Hawaii. It breeds only in the highlands on four of the Galapagos Islands. (S5)


Slender-billed Prion - Pachyptila belcheri
Slender-billed Prion
Pachyptila belcheri
About 10 nautical miles west of West Point Island, Falklands.
(S8)


Slender-billed Prion - Pachyptila belcheri
Slender-billed Prion
Pachyptila belcheri
About 10 nautical miles west of West Point Island, Falklands.
(S8)


Gray Petrel - Procellaria cinerea
Gray Petrel
Procellaria cinerea
About 180 nautical miles ESE of the Falklands.
(S8)


Great Shearwater - Ardenna gravis
Great Shearwater
Ardenna gravis
Scotia Sea, c. 150 nautical miles ESE of the Falklands.
(S8)


Great Shearwater - Ardenna gravis
Great Shearwater
Ardenna gravis
Scotia Sea, c. 150 nautical miles ESE of the Falklands.
(S8)


Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea
Sooty Shearwater
Ardenna grisea
About 30 nautical miles east of Stanley, the Falklands.
(S8)


Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea
Sooty Shearwater
Ardenna grisea
About 30 nautical miles east of Stanley, the Falklands.
(S8)


Galapagos Shearwater - Puffinus subalaris
Galapagos Shearwater
Puffinus subalaris
Bolívar channel, between Isabela & Fernandina Islands, Galapagos, Ecuador.
Recently split from Audubon's Shearwater (P. lherminieri). It is abundant in waters around the Galapagos, where it is a breeding endemic, but rare elsewhere. (S5)


Galapagos Shearwater - Puffinus subalaris
Galapagos Shearwater
Puffinus subalaris
Bolívar channel, between Isabela & Fernandina, Galapagos, Ecuador.
(S5)



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