Re: Buller's Shearwater in Nth. Qld.

To: "Rolf Jenson" <>, "Tony Clarke" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: Re: Buller's Shearwater in Nth. Qld.
From: "Ian Clayton" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 02:15:04 +1000
Tony Clarke wrote:

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From: Tony Clarke <>
To: birding-aus <>
Date: Thursday, 17 December 1998 22:26
Subject: Re: Buller's Shearwater in Nth. Qld.

>Just out of interest has pale phase Wedge-tailed been totally eliminated
>from the equation?

The Buller's Shearwater was seen at a distance of between 40 to 50 metres
in flight from the beach and sitting on the water at approx. 50 to 60 metres
the bird was observed using a telescope for approx. four minutes and
was then seen to fly away in the company of two dark phase Wedge-tailed
Shearwaters for comparison.

Dr. Rolf Jensen who was one of the observers is familiar with the Buller,s
Shearwater from sightings and observations in Southern California USA.

There is no doubt that the bird observed was a Buller's Shearwater.


Ian Clayton
Birds & Bush Tours
PO Box 6037, TMC, Townsville, Qld.     4810

Phone: 07 47 216 489

Dr. Rolf Jensen 

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