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Sooty Shearwater, taking off
31-JUL-2011 Tom Grey

Sooty Shearwater, taking off

south of Farallon Islands, San Francisco

We saw hundreds of Sooties on this pelagic out of Half Moon Bay; I've found them very hard to photograph, on this and other pelagics, as they don't often come very near to passing boats, and their solid brown plumage isn't the best at capturing the attention of a camera's autofocus.

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