Hi Birding-aussers, I agree, Andrew's excited
report on the last Southport pelagic was rather good. So good that I'll let him
do the trip reports from now on, when he's on the trip that is, otherwise it's
boring old me you'll be hearing from.
Sad to report that the White-headed Petrel captured
on that trip, passed away. When initially weighed it proved to be about
150g underweight and the autopsy revealed it had suffered liver failure among
other things. It was a young male, now a future museum specimen.
Kermadec Petrel sightings seem to be on the
increase off SEQ with birds sighted off Southport in 4 of the last 7 years
alone, with one of those years being pelagic free (2001). Also most of those
sightings involved more than one bird involving all the phases. There are still
some positions vacant for the next Southport Pelagic on April 20th and Kermadecs
have been sighted in April.
I also have to tell you that Andrew won't be
allowed to forget his indiscretion with the White Tern for some time to come
particularly as it was a 'lifer' for him. I didn't get a single 'lifer' for the
trip, so he's going to pay. Seriously though, with a hectic day like last
saturday things slip out in the heat of the moment, we are all 'guilty' of it.
Cheers & good birding - Paul Walbridge.
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