Black Petrel Status

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Subject: Black Petrel Status
From: "Tony Palliser" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 11:43:47 +1000

Having recently been informed of the discussions regarding the Black Petrel status in Australia, I have been asked to provide a statement regarding the BARC requirement regarding this species.  It is now generally recognised that Black Petrel is a very rare visitor to NSW coastal waters between October and February and has in recent years been reported annually in November from Wollongong and Sydney.  In fact between October & December 2000 I recall up to 12 sightings that may have involved as many as 10-12 separate individuals. 


Black Petrel remains an extremely rare species in Australia and one that is notoriously difficult to identify in the field.  At the June 2001 BARC Annual General Meeting it was agreed (but not unanimously) to keep Black Petrel on the list for review but only for reports involving sightings away from the NSW coast.  Sightings of Black Petrel from SE Queensland, Tasmania or Victoria for example should still be put before the committee and ideally should contain compelling evidence of how Westland and White-chinned Petrel was eliminated.


For more information on BARC and its findings here is a link to our website





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