Re: Seabirds, NSW 5/12/98

To: "P.J. Milburn" <>
Subject: Re: Seabirds, NSW 5/12/98
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 16:54:09 +1000
G'day Pete,
Just a quick one....are these 1000s of Slender-billed Shearwaters really
Short-tailed or am I falling behind with my seabird taxonomy? (I know the
albatrosses are currently being totally renamed but I'm not aware of a
"Slender-billed" Shearwater)
Hope everyone saw the excellent footage on the ABC's "Life of Birds" last
night.....Streaked Shearwaters climbing a tree in Japan was a new one for me!
Tom Tarrant
Dayboro, Qld

"P.J. Milburn" wrote:

> I was at sea with Carl Loves on Saturday on a SOSSA banding trip and apart
> from 1000s of Slender-billed Shearwaters we encountered a number of other
> species of note:
> Black-winged Petrel 2, one bird follwed the boat for fully 5 minutes until
> a second bird appeared.
> Black Petrel 2
> White-chinned Petrel 2, both with white chins AND throats!!!
> Antipodean Albatross 1, an adult female.
> Solander's Petrel 2, very late records.
> A total of 18 procellariformes  for the day!!
> With only 2 Flesh-footed Shearwaters behind the boat, they were outnumbered
> by Procellaria Petrels!
> With regard to Slender-billed Shearwater, Tony Palliser wrote:
> 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?
> The breeding population arrived on the normal date of course but  seemed to
> be dispersed far offshore, a pattern similar to that observed for
> Wedge-tailed Shearwater.  The arrival of the non-breeding hordes (many of
> them young birds) off NSW tends to occur towards the end of October in most
> years.  Rod Gardner witnessed a hefty passage on 18/11 but apart from that
> this weekend seems to have been the big arrival.  In other words the
> arrival is quite late but not ridiculously so.  A number of other species
> have been very low in numbers also, the Jaegers and Flesh-footed Shearwater
> to mention some examples.  A slight increase in Jaeger numbers also occured
> this weekend, perhaps their numbers will increase soon.  With regard to
> mortality it is too early to say if the numbers are large, certainly not
> yet by historical standards.
> Dr.Peter Milburn
> Biomolecular Resource Facility
> The Australian National University
> GPO Box 334 Canberra ACT 0200  AUSTRALIA
> Phone No.  <61> <2> 6249 4326
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