Bribie Island seabirds

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Subject: Bribie Island seabirds
From: "Trevor Ford" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 22:35:36 +1000
A quick review of seabirds on Bribie Island (approx. 70 km north of Brisbane) over the last couple of days, July 3 & July 4.
Shearwater numbers have been rising steadily, with approximately 3000 Fluttering Shearwaters seen from the island today, off Woorim.  There were also at least 3 and probably 6 Hutton's Shearwaters amongst them.
The highlight, though, has been an Antarctic Prion, first seen by Duncan Walbridge yesterday afternoon close to the Surf Club, and still present, albeit at some distance, this evening.
Australain Gannets have returned to the area with about 15 seen, as well as 2 Brown Boobies.
The normal terns were in evidence (including a few Little and Common) with single Lesser Crested and White-fronted.  The White-fronted Tern spent nearly an hour on the beach at Woorim in the company of Crested Terns and Silver Gulls.
Note that these birds are not viewed passing a headland but seem to like spending time in Moreton Bay between Bribie Island and Moreton Island (something to do with the good tucker available at the moment!)
For prospective visitors, the 'Now You've Found It!' Coffee Shop at Woorim does pretty good pancakes.
Cheers - Trevor Ford.
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