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Stormy

Observed: 28th September 2013 By: DavidHowdon
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0084 Hydrobates pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Storm Petrel) - Open Sea, Orkney islands (VC 111), 28th October 2013
0084 Hydrobates pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Storm Petrel) - Open Sea, Orkney islands (VC 111), 28th October 2013
0084 Hydrobates pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Storm Petrel) - Open Sea, Orkney islands (VC 111), 28th October 2013
0084 Hydrobates pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Storm Petrel) - Open Sea, Orkney islands (VC 111), 28th October 2013
0084 Hydrobates pelagicus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Storm Petrel) - Open Sea, Shetland (Zetland) (VC 112), 29th October 2013
Description:

Landed on the back deck of our ferry. Intellectually I always knew how small they are but this close up it really seems amazing that something that tiny lives out at sea like they do.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

dejayM's picture

tiny and loud

Yes, tiny. Bit bigger than a house sparrow would you say?
Here's a recording for those who come here -
http://sounds.bl.uk/Environment/British-wildlife-recordings/022M-W1CDR00...
Scary when you're alone in a wild place!
ð (not very far from the location you give)

DavidHowdon's picture

Something around that size

The location given is (approximately as it took me a few moments to fire up the GPS device) where it was first seen. It could of course have been on the boat for an hour or two prior to that.

dejayM's picture

next year?

I wonder if you've seen this David -
http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?MMSI=235450000
click on Current Vessel's Track and dream awhile..
ð

DavidHowdon's picture

Two years probably

It usually works out every other year that we do the Northen Isles. Always been the Hrossey (http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/shipdetails.aspx?MMSI=235448000) that's taken us out there.

the naturalist man's picture

Stom petrels

I remember spending night after night trying to count these small birds as they flew in to roost on Skokholm when I worked on there as warden. We used night sights borrowed from the army.

Now I look back it was probably the most dangerous, and stupid, thing I've ever done; walking along cliff tops in pitch darkness with night sight goggles on counting small white dots flying around. That was over twenty years ago and I doubt H&S would allow it these days; dread to think what the risk assessment would look like!

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