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Sooty shearwater        Images Mark A. Chappell

Sooty shearwaters breed in the Southern Hemisphere, but like many shearwaters they make epic trans-equatorial migrations.  They are frequently seen in the Northern Hemisphere autumn and winter off California; at times they can be extremely abundant.  These were photographed in Monterey Bay in early October; two photos show a mix of pink-footed and sooty shearwaters.

  • Canon 7D2 or R7; 100-400 Mk. II IS lens, some with 1.4X extender (2021, 2022)