UK’s first yelkouan shearwater, its 600th species

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 17.58.18 Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 17.58.29A seabird spotted in 2008 has been confirmed as Britain’s 600th bird species.  the yelkouan shearwater, a native of the Mediterranean and other parts of Europe, was spotted by Mike Langman in Devon in 2008.  But it has taken bird records till recently to confirm it as a first for Britain.  The pair of shearwaters travelled alongside a crabbing boat for food.  Shearwaters usually feed by diving under water for food such as crabs, crustaceans and small fish.  The eight year delay was due to the confusion between another shearwater, the minorcan.