Tubenoses are true wanderers. They roam around the oceans, make long foraging trips and often have long migrations that bring them in different parts of the oceans at different times of the year. This means that it’s always nice to spent time on the bridge looking for tubenoses, as you will never know what will show up.
One of the birds that we only see in a small part of the ocean that we visit, is the Atlantic Petrel. This species breeds on Gough Island (which we visit during the Atlantic Odyssey) and it’s range is usually just north of the line between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. This means that during our time at sea between those two islands, we sometimes see this petrel. It’s a fairly brown petrel with a dark face and a white belly and is roughly the same size as a Great Shearwater.
The Soft-plumaged Petrel is another of those petrels. In the beginning of the season, I’ve hardly seen any birds of this species, where at the end of the season, in March, it is fairly common. The nearest breeding grounds are on Tristan da Cunha and Gough, with more breeding islands in the Indian Ocean. There are two colour morphs, a light and a dark one. In the Atlantic Ocean, the dark morph is rare and all birds I’ve seen were of the pale morph.