|European Storm Petrel - the latin name Hydrobates pelagicus underlines its ocean going existence|
|In European Storm Petrel the broad white bar on the underwing is diagnostic|
|Storm Petrels patters on the surface while picking up morsels of food|
|This shot of a European Storm Petrel conveys just a little of the harsh environment in which these tiny birds spend much of their lives|
|Wilson's Petrel - Oceanites oceanicus in case you hadn't got the idea with the whole oceanic thing|
Happily, no bones were broken and of about 20 frames rattled off, one of the bird banking, showing the pale covert band on the upperwing and legs protruding beyond the tail, came out reasonably sharp. A good photo tick for me and one of my main targets for the trip.
|We saw a second Wilson's Petrel, a moulting bird, in gloomier conditions on an evening pelagic a few days later|