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We were out Storm Petrel ringing in South Uist until the early hours of this morning, a steady flow of birds with 79 individuals ringed plus 1 Leach's Petrel.

Ringing in the dark from the back of the vehicle.

The Leach's was obvious with it's much larger size and a forked tail.

I'm not sure that the photo does justice to the size difference between Storm and Leach's Petrels but the Leach's in @MisterT 's left hand had a wing length of 163mm and weighed in at 42.4g and the Storm Petrel in his right hand had a wing length of 121mm and weighed in at 24.9g