WA Birds 03. King Penguin to Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel

 

King Penguin

Aptenodytes patagonicus

Very rare vagrant to the south coast.  One reported near Busselton in September 1979.  One reported near Albany in March 1983.

 

Rockhopper Penguin

Eudyptes chrysocome

Rare visitor to the south coast as far north as Rottnest Island.

 

Fiordland Penguin

Eudyptes pachyrhynchus

Rare visitor to the south coast mainly in winter.  One reported at Northcliffe in July 1997.  Reported at Esperance and Point Culver (east of Cape Arid).

 

Erect-crested Penguin

Eudyptes sclateri

Very rare vagrant to the south coast.  Reported at Esperance in March 1972.

 

Macaroni Penguin

Eudyptes chrysolophus

Very rare vagrant to the south coast.  Reported at Augusta in March 1987.

 

Little Penguin (photograph)

Eudyptula minor

Common in small numbers at Penguin Island.  Seen in the surf at Point Peron, offshore at Halls Head and at Albany.  Reported as common and breeding on the islands along the south coast.

 

Common Diving-Petrel

Pelecanoides urinatrix

Rare visitor to seas off the south coast and the west coast to 30 south.

 

Southern Giant-Petrel (photographs)

Macronectes giganteus

A winter to spring migrant.  Singles seen a few times at Fremantle Harbour.  Seen at Dunsborough, Cape Naturaliste, Point Peron, pelagic trip off Albany, The Gap.  About 10 feeding on beached Fin Whale at Cottesloe in July 1996.  About 20 shown on evening news feeding on floating dead whale off Ledge Point in July 1996.  One photographed near Rottnest Island on pelagic in July 1997.  Two seen and photographed on Hillarys pelagic in June 1998.  One seen very close and photographed on Hillarys pelagic in July 1999.  Two seen on Hillarys pelagic in August 2001.  About ten seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 2002.  Five including a white morph seen on Hillarys pelagic in August 2002.  Five seen on Albany pelagic in July 2008.

 

Northern Giant-Petrel

Macronectes halli

One seen at Sugarloaf Rock in September 1993.  A few shown on evening news feeding on floating dead whale off Ledge Point in July 1996.  One seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 1998.  One photographed on Albany pelagic in March 2007.  Two seen on Albany pelagic in July 2008.

 

Southern Fulmar

Fulmarus glacialoides

Rare winter / spring visitor in WA.  Most likely south of the continental shelf.  One beach washed specimen reported at Eyre Bird Observatory in October 1984.

 

Cape Petrel (photographs)

Daption capense

A moderately common winter to spring visitor.  Fairly common at Cape Naturaliste.  Fairly common off Perth.  About five near beached Fin Whale at Cottesloe in July 1996.  Seen on most winter pelagic trips off Hillarys.

 

Kerguelen Petrel

Lugensa brevirostris

Rarely reported in Australia.  A winter / spring visitor.  Seen on Hillarys pelagic trip in August 1996.  Two seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 1998.  Two seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 2002 and one in August 2002.  Two seen on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.  Reported at Dunsborough.  A beach washed specimen reported at Eyre Bird Observatory in August 1984.

 

Tahiti Petrel

Pseudobulweria rostrata

Rarely reported in WA.  Fairly common on pelagic trips to Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in October 1996 and November 1999.

 

Great-winged Petrel (photographs)

Pterodroma macroptera

Common at Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.  Common on winter and spring pelagic trips from Hillarys.  Seen from Sinker Reef at Two People's Bay and The Gap near Albany.  Reported to breed on islands along the south coast.  One race gouldi seen on Hillarys pelagic in August 2001.  Two race gouldi seen on Albany pelagic in July 2008.

 

White-headed Petrel

Pterodroma lessonii

Eight seen at Cape Leeuwin in September 1996.  Eight seen on the Albany pelagic in early November 2003.  Reported at Dunsborough and Cape Naturaliste.  Reported to be an uncommon visitor mainly from March to September.

 

Herald Petrel

Pterodroma arminjoniana

The only confirmed WA record was by Tony Kirkby at Varanus Island off the Pilbara coast in May 1992 which was killed by a helicopter.  A possible seen on pelagic trip to Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in October 1996.

 

Soft-plumaged Petrel (photographs)

Pterodroma mollis

A winter to spring visitor.  Common on Hillarys pelagic trips in June, July and August.  Two (including a dark morph) seen on the Albany pelagic in early November 2003.  Very common on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.  Seen at Dunsborough, Bunker Bay.

 

Barau’s Petrel

Pterodroma baraui

Very rarely reported in Australia.  Only one unconfirmed report from seas well west at S31 E111.

 

Gould’s Petrel

Pterodroma leucoptera

Very rare vagrant to the south coast.  One beach washed specimen reported at Eyre Bird Observatory in December 1990.

 

Blue Petrel

Halobaena caerulea

Rarely reported in Australia.  Two seen briefly at Fremantle North Mole.  Reported regularly at Dunsborough from July to October.  Look for white tail tip and white under wings.

 

Broad-billed Prion

Pachyptila vittata

Rare visitor.  Only known from specimens found on lower west coast from June to August.

 

Salvin’s Prion

Pachyptila salvini

Fairly commonly found wrecked on south and lower west beaches from June to September.  One seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 2002 and three in August 2002.

 

Antarctic Prion

Pachyptila desolata

Fairly commonly found wrecked on south and lower west beaches from April to October.  One seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 2001.

 

Slender-billed Prion (photograph)

Pachyptila belcheri

Fairly commonly found wrecked on south and lower west beaches from May to September.  One seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 1998.  Five seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 2001.  Nine seen on Hillarys pelagic in June 2002.

 

Fairy Prion

Pachyptila turtur

Rarely found wrecked on south and lower west beaches from June to September.

 

Bulwer’s Petrel

Bulweria bulwerii

Rarely reported in Australia.  Common (~50) on pelagic trip between Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in October 1996 and less common in November 1999.

 

White-chinned Petrel

Procellaria aequinoctialis

A winter to spring visitor.  Fairly common at Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.

 

Grey Petrel

Procellaria cinerea

A rare visitor.  One seen on the Albany pelagic in early November 2003.  Reported at The Gap near Albany and Dunsborough.  Beach washed specimens reported from the Eyre Bird Observatory.

 

Streaked Shearwater

Calonectris leucomelas

Fairly common on pelagic trip to Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in November 1999.  Seen by others on pelagic trip to Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in October 1996.  Reported near the Abrolhos Islands in April 1996.

 

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (photographs)

Puffinus pacificus

Very large breeding colonies on the Abrolhos Islands (e.g. Pelsaert Island) and islands off the Pilbara coast.  A small colony breeds in summer on Rottnest Island near the west end and they can usually be seen feeding off Halls Head at Mandurah and off Point Peron and Garden Island.  Seen near Rottnest Island on pelagic trips from Hillarys but does not come in behind the boat.  A few on pelagic trip to Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in November 1999.

 

Flesh-footed Shearwater (photographs)

Puffinus carneipes

Very common off the south coast where it breeds in summer on offshore islands.  Seen from August to April at Cape Naturaliste, Cape Leeuwin, The Gap near Albany, Esperance.  Very common on Hillarys pelagic trips from September to April and usually comes in behind the boat.  One seen at the mouth of the channel at the Dawesville Cut in February 1998.

 

Sooty Shearwater

Puffinus griseus

One seen on Hillarys pelagic trip in August 2002 and again in June 2006.  Two seen on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.  One seen on Albany pelagic in March 2007.

 

Short-tailed Shearwater (photograph)

Puffinus tenuirostris

One seen on Albany pelagic in March 2007.  Reported breeding in summer on the eastern islands of the Recherche Archipelago near Esperance.

 

Fluttering Shearwater

Puffinus gavia

Beach washed specimens reported from Eyre Bird Observatory in February and April 1981, and November 1985.

 

Hutton’s Shearwater

Puffinus huttoni

100+ seen on Hillarys pelagic trip in August 1996, 300+ in August 1998, 1 in September 1998 and 45 in small groups up to 10 in August 2001.  Seen at Cape Naturaliste in September 1996.  Singles seen at Sinker Reef at Two People's Bay and Cape Leeuwin in January 1998.  Seen near Lacepede Islands in October 1996.  A few seen on pelagic trip to Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef with a flock of ~40 north of Broome in November 1999.  About 15 seen on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.  Eight seen on Albany pelagic in March 2007.

 

Little Shearwater

Puffinus assimilis

Breeds on islands off the south coast and at the Abrolhos Islands.  Small numbers seen in September 1996 at Cape Naturaliste, Cape Leeuwin.  About ten seen at the Abrolhos Islands in December 1990.  Two seen at Dunsborough in June 1998.  Common at Bunker Bay in September 1998.  One seen from Cable Beach near The Gap at Albany in August 1998.  A few seen from The Gap in November 1999.  A few seen very briefly on Hillarys pelagics.  One seen on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.

 

Wandering Albatross

Diomedea exulans

Reported to be a common visitor well offshore south of the continental shelf.  Ten seen on the Albany pelagic in early November 2003 including two exulans and the rest were gibsoni.  Three seen on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.  One seen on Albany pelagic in March 2007.  Eight seen on Albany pelagic in July 2008.

 

Royal Albatross

Diomedea epomophora

 

 

Black-browed Albatross (photographs)

Diomedea melanophris

Fairly common in small numbers off the south coast.  Seen from Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.  Seen on pelagic trip from Albany in September 1991 and common in small numbers on Hillarys pelagic trips in June to August.  One seen from Cable Beach near The Gap at Albany in August 1998.  An adult and an immature seen on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.  Adults and immatures seen on Albany pelagic in March 2007 including one Campbell's (impavida).  Adults and immatures seen on Albany pelagic in July 2008 including five Campbell's (impavida).

 

Shy Albatross (photographs)

Diomedea cauta

Nominate race cauta fairly common in small numbers off the south coast.  Seen from Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin.  Seen on pelagic trips from Albany in September 1991, early November 2003 and early May 2004 and fairly common in very small numbers on Hillarys pelagic trips in June to August.  Several seen from Cable Beach near The Gap at Albany in August 1998.   One race salvini seen on Hillarys pelagic in August 2001.  Adult seen on Albany pelagic in March 2007.

 

Grey-headed Albatross

Diomedea chrysostoma

Reported to be a rare winter visitor well south of the continental shelf.  One juvenile seen on Albany pelagic in July 2008.

 

Yellow-nosed Albatross (photographs)

Diomedea chlororhynchos

The most common albatross seen in WA (race bassi).  Very common off the south coast.  Very common on winter Hillarys pelagic trips.  Easily seen at Cape Naturaliste, Cape Leeuwin, The Gap near Albany. Seen at Penguin Island, Point Peron.  One nominate race chlororhynchos photographed on the July 1997 Hillarys pelagic trip.

 

Sooty Albatross

Phoebetria fusca

Reported to be a common visitor well offshore.  One seen on the Albany pelagic in early November 2003.

 

Light-mantled Sooty Albatross

Phobetria palpebrata

 

 

Wilson’s Storm-Petrel (photograph)

Oceanites oceanicus

Fairly common to common on Hillarys pelagic trips (except August 1996 and 1998).  Seen from Fremantle Harbour and Point Peron in late May 1997.  Seen in shallower water north of Broome on pelagic trip to Ashmore Reef in October 1996.  A few seen on pelagic trip to Scott Reef in November 1999.  Common off the Pilbara coast in October 2000.  One seen on the Albany pelagic in early November 2003.  Common in deeper water on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.

 

White-faced Storm-Petrel

Pelagodroma marina

Summer breeding migrant.  Common on Hillarys pelagic trips in August 1996, November 1996, September 1998, August 2001, August 2002 and a few in August 1998.  Five seen at dusk at Adair Island in the Abrolhos Islands in December 1990.  Three seen on the Albany pelagic in early November 2003.  Common mainly in shallower water on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.

 

Black-bellied Storm-Petrel

Fregetta tropica

One seen on the Albany pelagic in May 2004.  Reported to be a common visitor but well south of the continental shelf.

 

Leach’s Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Rarely reported in Australia.  A few seen on pelagic trip to Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in October 1996.  Slightly larger than Wilson’s Storm-Petrel with forked tail.

 

Matsudaira’s Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma matsudairae

Rarely reported in Australia.  Common (~50) on pelagic trip between Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in October 1996 and a few in November 1999.

 

Swinhoe’s Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma monorhis

Rarely reported in Australia.  A group of 14 seen on pelagic trip between Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef in November 1999.

 

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