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Westland black petrel      Westland black petrel
(Procellaria westlandica)
One of the few petrels which still manages to breed on the mainland despite predation from introduced mammals. A winter breeder they breed in the forested foothills of the Paparoa Range in Westland. We see them on our pelagic cruises off Kaikoura, where this picture was taken and Punakaiki during the breeding season.

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