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Puffinus mauretanicus II

Puffinus mauretanicus II
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-10 2:54
Viewed: 3835
Points: 6
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The Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) Baldriga pufí baleàrica
s a medium-sized shearwater in the seabird family Procellariidae. It was long regarded a subspecies of the Manx Shearwater; see there for more on the Puffinus puffinus superspecies; following an initial split it was held to be a subspecies of the "Mediterranean Shearwater" for nearly ten more years, until it was resolved to be a distinct species, separate from the Yelkouan Shearwater. It is the last taxon of the puffinus complex that was recognized as a separate entity.
This species breeds on islands and coastal cliffs in the Balearic islands. Most winter in that sea, but some enter the Atlantic in late summer, reaching north to Great Britain and Ireland.
This bird is approximately 35-40 cm long, with an 85-90 cm wingspan. It has the typically "shearing" flight of the genus, dipping from side to side on stiff wings with few wingbeats, the wingtips almost touching the water. This bird looks like a flying cross, with its wing held at right angles to the body, and it changes from dark brown to dirty white as the dark upperparts and paler undersides are alternately exposed as it travels low over the sea.
This is a gregarious species, which can been seen in large numbers from boats or headlands, especially on in autumn.
The Balearic Shearwater feeds on fish and molluscs. It does not follow boats.
Information source
IUCN Critically endangered species
Other Balearic Shearwater
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This photo is taken in Roses, Alt Empordà, north of Iberian Peninsula. Original format.

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Hello Ferran! Amazing moment. Very original dynamic take. Good background. Good capture. Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-11 1:26]

Hola Ferran,
Another excellent capture of the Balearic Shearwater, this time on the water with which it contrasts well in this sharp image. The wings are still spread, which perhaps indicate that it is just settling on the water.
In April we will be spending a week in Mallorca, where I hope to see, and if possible photograph, this rare shearwater. If I got shot like this I would be extremely pleased.
Thanks for sharing this one,

Bonic treball, sobretot pel dinamisnme del conjunt per las posició de les ales i captada al fons de l'onada. Atractius colors i contrastos.
La planta de la marieta de la meva foto no és te de roca, però ets bon observador ja que és molt semblant sobretot per la textura encara que aquesta és d'un port molt gran..
Salutacions i tant de bo ens toqui la loteria, encara que jo sóc gafe per aquestes coses.
J. Ignasi

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