Re: Short-tailed Shearwaters (are they late this year?)

To: "Tony PALLISER" <>
Subject: Re: Short-tailed Shearwaters (are they late this year?)
From: Rod Gardner <>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 12:17:26 +1000

I saw the massive Short-tailed Shearwater migration this weekend off
Maroubra too, the biggest I've seen. I actually counted about 17,500 in
half an hour on Saturday afternoon about 5, which was hard work, I can tell
This morning, on a run along Maroubra Beach, I counted 18 dead ones, the
biggest of this spring (next biggest ca 6). Maroubra Beach is less than a
KM long, and faces ese.
In the previous three years the biggest passage days have been between 6th
and 14th November, which would make this movement late, if 95-97 were
Numbers of Wedge-tails have been down this year too off Maroubra, and I
wonder if it has anything to do with La Nina and the cooler, wetter

Rod Gardner

>Further to the note put out by Chris Gladwin.
>I noted on the weekend huge numbers (1000's) of Short-tailed Shearwaters
>wheeling south at great speed on the 6th December from Boat Harbour.
>Sydney NSW and in addition 34 dead birds and 1 live bird sitting on the
>beach. (This section of the beach is less than 1 KM in length) how many
>more dead birds must there be on along our beaches?
>Are these birds late?  what time of year have the big numbers passed
>through in the past?  if so any ideas on why they are late this year?
>Are they all exhausted because they were delayed somewhere?
>Tony Palliser
>Ph wk..... 02-99001678 fx..... 02-99001669
>Ph mb..... 0416 095875
>Ph hm..... 02-94277563
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