Identification: Little Shearwater

Little Shearwater identification.
Little Shearwater identification.

Since seawatching began, the diminutive Little Shearwater has been one of the biggest identification challenges. It still is, but after years of tubenose scrutiny and another trip to warmer waters, Anthony McGeehan takes a fresh look at the problem. Artwork by Killian Mullarney.

Click on the image below to access a PDF of this identification guide to Little Shearwater, from the September 1995 issue of Birdwatch.

Little Shearwater identification