Hawaiian seabirds

Brown booby (left) and masked booby (right). Photo (c) Dan J. McSweeney

While our studies in Hawai'i focus on odontocetes, for a number of years we have been attempting to photograph rare or uncommon species of seabirds, and in recent years have been tallying all seabird sightings and providing sightings and photographs to be included in the online Birds of the Hawaiian Islands. Unusual sightings and photographs are reported in the quarterly reports of North American Birds, and are also contributed to the Hawai‘i Birding group. In September 2011 we also co-authored a paper on dark-rumped petrels (Pterodroma phaeopygia/sandwichensis) in Hawaiian waters - a copy can be downloaded here. As well as an important opportunity to document the seabird community in Hawai‘i, we also record information on seabirds interactions with various species of whales and dolphins. We present below photographs of most species of seabirds we have documented in Hawaiian waters.

For more information contact Robin W. Baird at rwbaird (at) cascadiaresearch.org or Daniel Webster at dwebster (at) cascadiaresearch.org or see our Hawai‘i odontocete research page

The species we've documented in Hawai'i are listed below - click on a name for photos of each species (we are still adding some species) - all photos are taken in Hawaiian waters:

 

Black-footed albatross

Laysan albatross

Northern fulmar

Hawaiian petrel

Cook's petrel

White-necked petrel

Black-winged petrel

Kermadec petrel

Murphy's petrel

Juan Fernandez petrel

Mottled petrel

Bulwer's petrel

Wedge-tailed shearwater

Sooty shearwater

Newell's shearwater

Leach's storm petrel

Band-rumped storm petrel

Red-footed booby

Brown booby

Masked booby

Great frigatebird

Red-tailed tropicbird

White-tailed tropicbird

Red-necked phalarope

Red phalarope

Long-tailed jaeger

Pomarine jaeger

South polar skua

Arctic tern

Gray-backed tern

Sooty tern

White tern

Least tern

Brown noddy

Black noddy

Laughing gull

Glaucous-winged gull

Franklin's gull

 

 

Black-footed albatross

Photo (c) Dan McSweeney

Laysan albatross

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Northern fulmar

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Hawaiian petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Cook's petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

White-necked petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Black-winged petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Kermadec petrel

Photo (c) Robin Baird

Murphy's petrel

Photo (c) Robin Baird

Juan Fernandez petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Mottled petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Bulwer's petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Wedge-tailed shearwater

Photo (c) Brad Hanson

Dark morph wedge-tailed shearwater. Photo (c) Robin Baird

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Sooty shearwater

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Newell's shearwater

Photo (c) Robin Baird

Photo (c) Robin Baird

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Leach's storm petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Band-rumped storm petrel

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Red-footed booby

Photo by Robin Baird

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Brown booby

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Masked booby

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Great frigatebird

Great frigatebird chasing booby

Red-tailed tropicbird

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

 

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White-tailed tropicbird

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Red-necked phalarope

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Red phalarope

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Long-tailed jaeger

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Pomarine jaeger

Photo (c) Robin Baird

South polar skua

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Arctic tern

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Gray-backed tern

Sooty tern

Photo (c) Annie Douglas

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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White tern

Least tern

Photo (c) Robin Baird

Brown noddy

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

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Black noddy

Photo (c) Daniel Webster

Laughing gull

Photo (c) Darren Roberts

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Glaucous-winged gull

Franklin's gull

Photo (c) Robin Baird

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Regional reports from North American Birds that include sightings and/or photographs from our surveys

​References

Pyle, P., D.L. Webster and R.W. Baird. 2016. White-rumped dark storm-petrels in Hawaiian Island waters - the quandary of Leach's vs. Band-rumped storm petrels throughout the world. Birding 47(1):54-57.

Pyle, P., D.L. Webster and R.W. Baird. 2011. Notes on petrels of the dark-rumped petrel complex (Pterodroma phaeopygia/sandwichensis) in Hawaiian waters. North American Birds 65(2):364-367.