Wilson’s Storm-petrel, Oceanites oceanicus. The name ‘storm-petrel’ refers to their inclination of hiding in the lee of ships during storms. Early sailors saw this as a harbinger or warning of a storm to come. Storm-petrels were also regarded in maritime folklore as soul-birds. Breton fisherman saw them as souls of drowned sailors and harsh skippers condemned forever to overfly the sea.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
©Two Loons/Erin Lehnert
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