(Fwd) Re: birding-aus Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae).

Subject: (Fwd) Re: birding-aus Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae).
From: "Paul McDonald" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 11:09:02 +1100

IN response to Mike and Judy's request, I have forwarded this message.
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Subject:                Re: birding-aus Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae). 
Are there two populations?
Date sent:              Thu, 25 Feb 1999 08:00:39 +1100

Hi Mike, 

At 5 Islands Nature Reserve off Wollongong both "Tip' and "oceanic" SG's 
breed. It is a joke among SOSSA (Southern Ocean Seabird Study Association) 
members that you can tell this birds apart by their plumage (ie black vs white, 
islands are off Port Kembla, home to Southern Copper and BHP!

But as you describe, I have often thrown hot chips etc to the thousands of 
on Big Island here and received no response. However, in saying this the  stuff 
that some birds have thrown up on me when handling them indicates that at 
least some birds ion the island are definitely tip gulls!

Cheers, Paul
Paul McDonald
Department of Biological Sciences
Macquarie University, Sydney NSW, 2109
Phone: (02) 9850 8191 Fax: (02) 9850 8245
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