Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera)

The following are some photographs of Great-winged Petrels.

race macroptera (Hillarys April 1997) race gouldi (Wollongong NSW January 2000)
race macroptera (Hillarys August 2001)  

Great-winged Petrel is commonly seen off the southern and south west coast of Western Australia throughout most of the year.  On the Hillarys pelagic trips, they are usually only seen when the depth is more than 100 metres.  The nominate race macroptera breeds on islands off the southern coast of Western Australia.  The race gouldi breeds in New Zealand but does occasionally visit Western Australia and one was seen on the August 2001 pelagic trip off Hillarys.

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2003 Visits Last Modified 5th June 2003