Brian Parkinson. Paperback, 134 pages. Fully Updated Third Edition.
This completely new and fully updated edition of this hugely popular classic covers the 112 seabird species that are most likely to be encountered in New Zealand waters. Each species is illustrated with photos and a distribution map, while text accounts outline key ID and behavioural features, similar species, distribution and breeding areas, and population status. Advice on the best places to see each species is also given.
Since the last edition in 2006 nearly 150 new images have been added to the book, showing all the different key plumages of each species – for example adult, im-mature and different morphs – and illustrating the all-important wing-patterns of birds in flight to aid ID.
For the first time it includes the likes of the newly described Whenua Hou Storm Petrel, the recently ‘split’ Southern Rockhopper Penguin and vagrants like Red-footed Booby and Black-footed Albatross. Seabird groups covered are: albatrosses, molly-mawks, shearwaters, petrels, storm petrels, div-ing petrels, giant petrels, prions, penguins, tropic-birds, gannets and boobies, shags, frigatebirds.