birding-aus RE Marbled Frogmouth

To: All <>
Subject: birding-aus RE Marbled Frogmouth
From: J & L McLaren <>
Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 14:55:51 -0700
G'day All ,

Just a note of interest ,
a Marbled Frogmouth  [ Podargus Ocellatus ] , was found by a surfer 250
metres out to sea off Belongil Beach at Byron Bay last month , flapping
around on the top of the waves .
He picked it up and "surfed" it back to shore ,notified the local
Wildlife Carers , and it was taken into care . The bird was very down on
condition but otherwise seemed to check out o.k. It remained in care
until a full recovery was established , was then positively I.D.'d ,
banded and re-released into a much more suitable habitat and area [ a
long way from where it was rescued ! ].
Many theories as to why it would be in such an un-likely habitat have
been offered , but the real reason only the bird knows , may-be a
planned winter in New Zealand . The weather had been exceptionaly calm
and clear during the period it was found , and to my knowledge this
species has not been recorded on the coastal fringe ever before .

Regards John ,

John A McLaren

"I,m a good speller,
but a terible Tipist."

     O O

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