Re: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Albatross race update

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Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 21:16:23 +1000
> What are the dimensions, weight (with batteries)
> and method of fitting a  transmitter to the 
> Albatross?  Is it possible that human
> interference to the birds by placing a
> transmitter on them could be to blame?

This article in "The Age" describes the 
transmitters as "tiny"; you can just see the
antenna angling up to the right from the bird's

Here is a better photo, albeit of a different
species and transmitter:

Finally, the official commentary does suggest
that longlining may be to blame for the loss
of "Aphrodite":


Tim Nevard's Commentary

Since my last commentary update, we must 
regretfully report that the transmitter on 
Jerry Hall's race-leading bird, 'Aphrodite' 
(number 8 on the race card), has ceased to 
respond. We cannot be sure what has happened 
to her, but she was last recorded in the 
Indian Ocean in an area where longlining may 
occur. Certainly, her last known track was 
uncharacteristically short and her signal was 
abruptly curtailed. 

As in my earlier commentary, we must also 
confirm that Frankie Dettori's bird, 
'Lucky Seven' (number 16) has died just east 
of Pedra Branca, probably as a result of 
natural circumstances connected with 
poor weather at fledging. 

'Paragon' (number 11) has also now been 
stationary for several days and has been 
suspended from the betting. 

On the good news front, 'Xanadu' is still making 
good progress, and although 'Styx' is dangling 
around the Mewstone, she looks as though she 
might soon make a move. 

'Ocean Spirit' is still south of Kangaroo Island,
whilst 'Homeland', 'Demi', and 'The Rocket' are 
in a head to head north of Kangaroo Island. 

Our early leaders, 'Daniphobouska' and 'Monarch 
of the Glen' are refuelling in the Australian 

'Harriet' continues weaving on his anomalous and 
erratic way towards Sydney Harbour - maybe a 
starring role in this year's Mardi Gras awaits 


Paul Taylor

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