Sooty Shearwater–uniformly dark above, dark bill, and silvery under the wings
Four species of Shearwaters were seen on our Pelagic Trip out of Monterey Harbor: Sooty, Pink-footed, Flesh-footed, and Buller’s. Some of the leaders also saw Short-tailed Shearwaters. I was not confident in distinguishing them from Sootys, so I did not count this species.
Sooty Shearwater has a 40″ wingspan, and silver wing linings.
Pink-footed Shearwater has a pinkish bill and smudgy-white belly and underwings
A raft of Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters–they really do have pink legs!
Flesh-footed Shearwater has a pale bill, but is dark all over.
Buller’s Shearwater has a dark “M” across the upper wings–he’s jazzy!
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