Birds of the World

Oceanitidae : Storm-petrels

White-faced Storm-petrel

Pelagodroma marina

Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand - November 2005

Despite being weak fliers that are greatly affected by the wind, storm-petrels feed mostly on the wing, fluttering just above the waves with their long legs dangling beneath them.  In the case of the White-faced Storm-petrel, it often dips its legs into the water and appears to push off from the waves with them, progressing forward in a series of bounding "jumps".