Black Storm-Petrel

Hydrobates melania

ML20254551


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John van Dort
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eBird Checklist S25277063
Golfo de Fonseca--Sector pelágico 3-10 km sureste de Amapala
Valle, Honduras
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Latitude and Longitude 13.2272, -87.5831 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Active primary molt visible.

Observation details

This estimate is very conservative; there may have been as many as 50 or more present. I saw some at the spot where we usually see them (about 1 km east of the last buoy), but while scanning the horizon I noticed there were larger groups 500-1000 m to my east. I asked the boatsman to go there, and that is how we encountered the line of driftwood. From that moment on, there were multiple Black Storm-Petrels in view at all times, one time as many as 14. The majority was flying into the light wind along the line of the driftwood/garbage, so in SW direction. Twice I noticed a small raft of birds resting but mostly they were busy feeding.

Technical Information

Model
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
f-stop
f/6.5
Focal length
215 mm
Shutter speed
1/1250 sec
ISO
640
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
1,622KB
Dimensions
2988 x 2241

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