shearwater mortality

Subject: shearwater mortality
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2000 19:29:33 +1100
The short-tailed shearwater deaths seem to be continuing, and
may include breeding adults.

This weekend (3-5 November) a friend (Frank Stewart, a
contributor to the Readers Digest book on Australian birds and
co-author with yours truly of Local Birds of Bayside...) was in
Port Fairy and saw shearwaters apparently trying to return to
the burrows on Griffith Island, and failing.  The birds were
swimming towards land and being swept away when they tried to
cross the sand.

Michael Norris
PS. No swift parrots, as far as I know, in Sandringham today

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