The Procellariiformes vary in size from the extremely large albatrosses to the tiny storm petrels. They are found across the world's oceans and seas. Some species migrate from the southern oceans to the northern oceans. In fact, the Sooty Shearwater makes an annual round-trip of around 40,000 miles.
I have observed these birds on pelagic trips, both on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. One of my memorable experiences was on a three day pelagic voyage out from San Diego. I was sitting in the main cabin, enjoying a midday snack, looking out the window, when in the distance, I saw a huge bird. I said to myself. That has to be an albatross, yes, it was an albatross, a Laysan albatross, my very first albatross.
|Black-footed Albatross landing feed with Western Gulls|
|Great Shearwaters fighting|