Fluttering Shearwaters are quite common birds around Australia and New Zealand, unsually out at sea but sometimes coming close to the shore in poor weather. They often form long lines of birds with faster wingbeats than other shearwaters (hence the name). As with other shearwaters, they mainly feed on fish. They are island breeders, nesting on island groups near New Zealand in large colonies of underground burrows. Wingspan 67-74 cm
1-3: South Pacific, off Wollongong, 25/06/2011.