by Martin G.
One of the less headline making observations on our Lazararote pelagic in August was of the first apparent JUVENILE White-face Storm Petrel seen on these trips. Do you remember when they were called the mythical sounding ‘Frigate Petrel’? It was alongside a worn adult type and both fed in-between our 2 boats.
Below – photo showing the 2 the apparently different ages classes together. First time captured on camera?
apparent worn adult (left) and juvenile (right) ‘Frigate Petrels’, off Lanzarote, August 2013. Martin Garner
There are 2 forms described for the North Atlantic, though it’s debated whether they are valid or not. I found the literature a little conflicting in describing differences. I also couldn’t resolve in my mind which population a fresh juvenile in August would have come from. Suggestions welcome.
I checked with other’s on our boat and Johannes Dag Mayer and Florien Straub (thanks guys!) both got shots of what seems to be the same juvenile:
To finish off some beautiful photos of a White-faced Storm Petrel showing typical wacky feeding mode from the same trip and captured by Johannes. See more of Johannes photos on his Flickr stream >>>HERE<<< (worth clicking on photos below to see larger sizes