Re; Albatrosses at Homebush Bay.

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Subject: Re; Albatrosses at Homebush Bay.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 20:08:05 +1000
You have every right to be "a bit sus" Koren. During my years in the RAN I spent a good deal of my time based in and around Sydney Harbour and offshore of course (1971-1982). In that time the furthest 'upriver' that I encountered Albatrosses was in the early 1970s. I can't remember the year exactly but I did send a photograph of 2 Black-browed Albatrosses flying under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to my brothers in the UK. This was after a particularly strong south easterly blow.
I recall seeing a photograph (not sure of the publication, thought I had it, can't find it) of various Albatrosses and Giant Petrels close to shore off Malabar 1950s-1960s. This was a sewage outlet and I strongly suspect the Homebush effluent would have 'outed' here. I find it particularly hard to believe that any large 'tubenose' would venture up river that far to feed. Maybe you missed something in your interpretation of the discussion. Cheers - Paul Walbridge
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