Footnote to Southport Pelagic.

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Subject: Footnote to Southport Pelagic.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 11:39:00 +1000
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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