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Galápagos Shearwater Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.5S, -90.3W, elev=0' MAP
Date: May 23, 2008
ID : 7C2V4041 [3888 x 2592]

Galápagos Shearwater Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0611 [3888 x 2592]

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Galápagos Shearwater Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0616 [3888 x 2592]

Galápagos Shearwater Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: North Seymour Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.4S, -90.3W, elev=84' MAP
Date: May 23, 2008
ID : 7C2V3597 [3888 x 2592]

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Galápagos Shearwater Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0589 [3888 x 2592]

Galápagos Shearwater Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0638 [3888 x 2592]

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Galápagos Shearwater Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0511 [3888 x 2592]

Galápagos Shearwater Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0515 [3888 x 2592]

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Galápagos Shearwater Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0545 [3888 x 2592]

Galápagos Shearwater Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0550 [3888 x 2592]

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Galápagos Shearwater Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0555 [3888 x 2592]

Galápagos Shearwater Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0617 [3888 x 2592]

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Galápagos Shearwater Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.8S, -89.5W, depth=-260' MAP
Date: May 17, 2008
ID : 7C2V0623 [3888 x 2592]

Galápagos Shearwater Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos
GPS: -0.5S, -90.3W, elev=0' MAP
Date: May 23, 2008
ID : 7C2V4050 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Galápagos Shearwater, Puffinus subalaris is a small shearwater. Until recently it was considered to be a subspecies of Audubon's Shearwater, but it is actually one of two members of a very ancient lineage of the small Puffinus species, the other being, as indicated by mtDNA cytochrome b sequence data, the Christmas Shearwater (Austin et al., 2004).

It is endemic to the Galápagos Islands, and is largely sedentary, although individuals may wander as far as the Mexican coast.

The Galápagos Shearwater has dark brown upperparts, undertail and underwing flight feathers, the rest of the underparts plumage being white. It sometimes has a dark collar. Both sexes are alike, as are the young after fledging.

It is a slender-bodied shearwater, about 29-31 cm long, with a wingspan of around 63 cm and weighs 123-225 g. The species closely resembles the Tropical Shearwater, although the latter is typically blacker and has a longer tail.

The Galápagos Shearwater is a gregarious species and will feed at sea with other shearwaters and boobies. It flies low over the water and feeds on squid, fish and offal. It intersperses 4-10 stiff wing beats with shallow glides.



                                     



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