As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Pregnant Mascarene petrel shows off ginormous egg bump as she soars over open seas: picture

A critically endangered Mascarene petrel, Pseudobulweria aterrima, with a very pregnant egg bump is taking centre stage by storm in the ornithological world today. This mysterious seabird was expected to lay her egg -- and she lays only one egg per season -- within hours after being photographed on 22 December 2012 by ornithological paparazzi.
Adult female Mascarene petrel, (Pseudobulweria aterrima), with large egg bump. This species is critically endangered.

Adult female Mascarene petrel, Pseudobulweria aterrima, with large egg bump (arrow), photographed south of Réunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean. This species is critically endangered with a small and steadily-declining population.Photograph: Hadoram Shirihai/BirdLife International.

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