Monday, 25 October 2010

Fulmarine Petrels DVD

I know Bob Flood and Ashley Fisher (Scilly Pelagics), having been involved with Bob and the New Zealand storm-petrel rediscovery since 2003 (see more on that on our website Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ).  Last year I did several sensational Isles of Scilly pelagics with them in August (Wilson's petrels!), and again caught up with them whilst up there working on the M/V Island Sky in August 2010.  They have just produced an awesome DVD on the Fulmarine Petrels which is now available and well worth getting a copy of if you are a serious seabird enthusiast.  Covers Northern Giant Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, Northern Fulmar, Southern Fulmar, Cape Petrel, Antarctic Petrel, Snow Petrel and outlines the potential confusion species, giving excellent video footage of each. They have more details and a promotional video on their website.

I have just been watching my copy and there is some great footage on there.  It gives you a sense of being there, but more importantly shows the 'jizz' of the bird that you usually just don't get from a photo.  Seeing the footage of snow petrels and Antarctic petrels is just whetting the appetite for my next trip down to the 'Ice' in December.  These guys have done a great job of outlining the group and I really look forward to their upcoming projects!  Keep up the great work guys.

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