Diving-petrels: Only the Common Diving-petrel seen, no photograph.
Storm-petrels: First, one of the mega species I really would have liked to have seen and I was lucky, very lucky: New Zealand Storm-petrel. Thought to have been extinct until around 11 years ago it was rediscovered by Brent and Sav. Saville, co-founders of Wrybill Tours, and its breeding grounds were only discovered in 2013 in Hauraki Gulf. We also saw Black-bellied Storm-petrel off Stewart Island to add to the list (no photo).
|New Zealand Storm-petrel|
|New Zealand Storm-petrel above White-faced Storm-pètrel|
|Cape Petrel (above and below)|
|Mottled Petrel (photo by Etienne Littlefair)|
|White-chinned Petrel - the white chin is a minuscule patch of white feathers at the base of the lower mandible, look very closely and you can just see it!|
|Cook's Petrel (above and below)|
|Buller's Shearwater (above and below)|
|two Northern Giant Petrels, below in threat display!|
|Southern Royal (above and 2 photos below)|
|Northern Royal Albatross|
|White-capped Albatross (imm)|
|And to finish off, one of the great experiences of my birding life ... hand-feeding an albatross and I still have all my fingers!|
And as that great philosopher Bugs Bunny would say, 'That's all, folks,' and I hope that you have enjoyed the trip as much as I did!