resting on ocean surface (California, USA; 2009-07-03)

Buller's Shearwater
Puffinus bulleri

Native Range: Pacific Ocean

Notes: a wide-ranging pelagic forager with slow easy wingbeats and graceful soaring flight; nests colonially on a few offshore islands near New Zealand.

pattern of blackish and gray on upperwing (California, USA; 2009-07-03)
starting taxi for takeoff (California, USA; 2009-07-03)

picking up speed... (California, USA; 2009-07-03)