We have been debating exactly what this is.
We have been debating exactly what this is. Wedgetailed Shearwater? Hutton's Shearwater? A Booby? Gannet?? This was taken at City Beach in Perth, so the Booby option is rather out of range...
Behaviours included frequent plunging dives into the water on bent wings, followed by bobbing on the surface (apparently consuming prey there). At least two were sighted. They were fishing about 50m offshore, and sometimes closer, but never near the break-line.
Please share around - we're quite mystified.
A type of Tern?ReplyDelete
Hmm, nope. It was one of our first thoughts, but also quickly discarded. Likewise, the tail is wrong for a tern.ReplyDelete
So not the Cormorant either? Link above?ReplyDelete
No, not a cormorant, either. Sorry.ReplyDelete
It is Black and White right? It looks B&W.ReplyDelete
Found a site with a similar looking bird. Author claims it to be a Gannet, but I am having trouble finding a validating second opinion.ReplyDelete
A Juvenile Northern Gannet maybe.ReplyDelete
That would be seriously out-of-range! They're North Atlantic!ReplyDelete
Indeed. That thought had also crossed my mind, but there are distinct similarities.ReplyDelete
Then it might just be the Australian Gannet... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australasian_GannetReplyDelete
That is one of the birds on our short-list!ReplyDelete
What is your short list?ReplyDelete
In the original post, really. A young Australasian Gannet perhaps.ReplyDelete