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These birds are the pirates of the southern ocean
chasing other birds at sea to make them drop or disgorge the food
they have caught. On land in nesting areas they become a shore
scavenger feeding on the eggs and chicks of other birds. Breeds
on islands from Stewart Island south to Macqurie Island with nesting
beginning in September.
South Polar or Antarctic skua
This skua of the southern pack ice is only an
occasional wanderer to New Zealand
Another quite uncommom skua around the East
Cape, these birds breed in the arctic circle.
White naped petrel
I only see one or two of these quite rare birds
each summer, usually at the hottest time of the year. They breed
on Raoul Island in the Kermadecs laying in December. I have been
unable to find any other photos of this bird on the net.
This is the first white chinned petrel I have
identified here although as they are quite similar to, but larger
than, the black petrels we commonly see in summer I may have missed
them in the past. They are a circumpolar subantarctic breeder
nesting in the NZ region on the Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell
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