Grey Faced Petrel during a health check

Grey Faced Petrel

The Grey Faced Petrel has been one of the most successful breeders at the Cape. We now have the third generation of Grey Faced Petrels returning to breed, and all the Petrel boxes are occupied every breeding season. The heavily protected Sea Bird site provided all our petrels the opportunity to establish a breeding population in a predator free environment.

The population of Grey Faced Petrels is now well established, and they are now digging their own nesting burrows on cliffs around the Cape Sanctuary.  

The Cape Sanctuary is one of the rare places on the mainland that has breeding Grey Faced Petrels. We believe that our model shows that a sustainable population of Petrels on the mainland is possible.