Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Pink-footed Shearwater

Among the Sooty Shearwaters we found following a shrimp boat on a foggy 29 July 202l, we frequently spied Pink-footed Shearwaters, Shearwaters can be recognized by their odd, tube nostrils, evident in the lower photo. Tube-nosed seabirds are in the order Procellariiformes. The two species can be told apart by the Pink-footed Shearwater’s white underparts (and also by its larger size). Unlike the Sooty Shearwater, the Pink-footed does not have a world-wide distribution. They breed on the Juan Fernandez and Mocha Island off central Chile, and migrate across the whole eastern-Pacific Ocean during the southern winter. Pink-footed Shearwaters feed on fish, squid, and crustaceans, both by plucking them off the surface and by diving from the air. Both shearwaters readily flew up to our boat as the crew chummed miscellaneous fish-bits into the sea.

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