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Northern Giant-Petrel (Macronectes halli, Procellariidae: Petrels and Shearwaters) Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

The Northern Giant-Petrel is an inhabitant of temperate waters of the Southern Ocean. In New Zealand waters breeds on the Chatham, Auckland and Campbell islands. A large bird, with a wingspan of 1.5 to 2.1 m and an aggressive scavanger. Seen here with fighting for food with a New Zealand Wandering or Gibson's Albatross ( ) and some small Cape Petrels ( ). Filmed at Kaikoura on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island; a special place to see pelagic seabirds. This is because of the Kermadec Trench, formed by the subduction of Pacific plate under the Australian Plate is a few km offshore. This brings up cold, nutrient rich water from the depths, attracting the birds of the Southern Ocean close to shore. Also see for the pelagic experience.

Filmed from a boat operated by Albatross Encounter of Kaikoura.
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