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Northern giant petrel & mollymawks

Northern giant petrel & mollymawks
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Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (150)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-24
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-23 21:13
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We were out fishing this morning in Hanson Bay off Chatham Island when the inevitable Pacific mollymawks - Thalassarche undescribed sp. - began to arrive waiting for titbits. A lone northern giant petrel = Macronectis halli - also arrived. These birds, which have distinctive nasal tubes, were known to sailors as nellies or stinkers. Although it kept its distance, it did compete with the mollymawks when the remains of filleted blue cod were thrown to them. Sea was a little choppy, so there was some movement & focusing could be tricky. Mollymawks are a little burring as the main point of focus was on the petrel.

Fishing was very succesful with about 50 blue cod & 29 hapuka (grouper) being caught by six of us using handlines in about two hours! All good eating. Several school sharks also caught but these were thrown back, as were smaller blue cod & grouper.

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