A good description of Leach’s Storm Petrel’s display flight:

"The weird things darted and fluttered round, close to the ground, sweeping up against the sky, turning and twisting and going at breakneck speed. The birds began to call. The sharp cries, loud and uncouth, came faster, tumbling over each other, more and more. The activity of dashing and shouting worked up to a pitch and sustained it full tilt – eccentric, abandoned aviary in the night above the village.”



(One of my favorite bird encounters at sea.)

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