Thursday, July 9, 2015

Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) Fighting

For those people who have been following my blogs, know that I will at times into older pictures to see what I may have missed.  I found the following sequence of pictures showing a pair of great shearwaters fighting over food.  These pictures was taken on BBC pelagic trip out to the continental shelf.  When I took these photographs.  I was utilizing a Nikon D200 and a Sigma 150-500 lens handholding, since I was on a boat.

Great Shearwaters Fighting
Great Shearwaters Fighting
Great Shearwaters Fighting
Great Shearwaters Fighting
Great Shearwaters Fighting
Great Shearwaters Fighting
Great Shearwaters Fighting 
Great Shearwaters Fighting
Great shearwaters are interesting in that they occur only in the Atlantic Ocean.  They breed in the southern hemisphere on islands.  They travel up the eastern seaboard of south America, then up to North America, where in August.  They travel across the Atlantic to the south-western coasts of Great Britain and Ireland and then head down the eastern littoral coast of the Atlantic to breed again.

If you go out on a whale watch, this is one of the shearwaters that you hope to see.



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