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Fulmar Prion


Posted by Cindy Marple on Mon Sep 20, 2021 9:35 pm

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Fulmar Prion
Bounty Island, New Zealand
Nikon D850, 80-400mm at 400mm, 1/3200, f/9, ISO800, cropped

Prions are southern ocean tube-noses that are known for the distinctive black "M" marking across the wings and back.  Apparently that is a form of camouflage, breaking up the outline of the bird against the ocean.  The wingspan of this species is 60cm / 24 inches.  
They nest on Bounty Islands and there were many of them coming and going as we cruised the island.  

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by david fletcher on Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:40 am
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Brilliant example of its wing pattern with this banking pose Cindy. Nailed the image and thanks for the extra info.
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:14 am
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I don't remember seeing an image of this Fulmar species before, thanks for sharing. The pattern looks really cool, as for camouflage, are there predators going after them?
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by Todd Bauer on Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:02 pm
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The color of the bird would seem to be effective camouflage with the sea and sky. Very pretty.
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:22 pm
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Perfect angle to showcase that amazing topside wing pattern, Cindy!

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by Moby Dick on Tue Sep 21, 2021 2:48 pm
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Excellent flight position with wonderful detail, color, exposure, and background.
 

by Cindy Marple on Tue Sep 21, 2021 7:20 pm
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Axel Hildebrandt wrote:
I don't remember seeing an image of this Fulmar species before, thanks for sharing. The pattern looks really cool, as for camouflage, are there predators going after them?


From what I can find (and imagine), the predators at sea would be other birds- skuas, perhaps some of the larger petrels.  There are threats in the water - orca for example- but the wing pattern wouldn't help there- that's why most sea birds are pale on the belly, it hides them from predators below.  
 

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