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Cape Petrel
Daption capense

Cape Petrels are a striking bird of the Southern Ocean and are commonly seen around Australia in the winter. During the summer, they move further south to breed in small colonies on islands near Antarctia where they raise a single chick each season. As with other smaller birds of this type, they feed mostly on krill and other small crustaceans and also on fish. They can often be seen following boats and eating waste from them. There are two subspecies and both are found in Australian waters. They are similar in size to birds such as Wedge-tailed Shearwaters and Great-winged Petrels at a length of 35-42 cm with a wingspan of 80-90 cm.
 

Cape Petrel

Cape Petrel

Cape Petrel

Cape Petrel

1-4: Tasman Sea, off Wollongong, NSW, 23/06/2012.