Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) - 20May2016

The Wilson's Storm-Petrel is the original tiny dancer that Elton John was thinking of when he wrote the song.  These small sea birds spend almost their whole lives out in the deep away from sight of land and eek out a living by picking up small bits and pieces off the surface of the water, all the while dancing a never ending ballet.  The cutest thing is that they have yellow webbing in between their toes.  The best way to see these birds in North Carolina is to head out of Hatteras on a Brian Patteson pelagic boat trip.

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