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Buller's shearwater        Images © Mark A. Chappell

A Southern Hemisphere breeder (islands near New Zealand), Buller's shearwaters make huge nonbreeding migrations across the Pacific basin and are fairly common off of California in the northern hemisphere summer and autumn.   They are strikingly marked with bright white underparts and a distinctive 'M' pattern on the upperwing.   These were photographed on a pelagic trip several kilometers offshore in Monterey Bay, California.

  • Canon 7D2 or R7; 100-400 Mk II or 400 mm DO Mk II lenses, some with 1.4X extender (2022)