Victoria pelagic

To: "'Simon Blanchflower'" <>, "'Stephen Keen'" <>, "'birding aus'" <>
Subject: Victoria pelagic
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 10:01:26 +1030
Hi Simon, just saying hello, met you at Old Bar when the Kentish Plover
was there.

Tony Russell

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Simon
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 6:27 PM
To: Stephen Keen; birding aus
Subject: Victoria pelagic

Stephen, It takes years of practice to correctly id seabirds, especially

from the shore (and I am a looonnnggg way from being an expert)
when you are generally on a headland with a rough wind blowing which is 
giving you severe image shake! At least in Australia the weather is 
generally warmer - I used to go seawatching regularly at Cley
Coastguards in 
Norfolk when a harsh northerly was blowing trying to track down Little
Puffins and Great Skuas!

Because of these generally poor viewing conditions jizz is so important
is it jezz or jozz for those that have read Seans book). Sooty
are very similar to Short-Tailed from a distance - a couple of features
tend to look for and can be reliable particularly if you can make direct

comparison is that Sooty's have an "elongated" appearance relative to 
Short-Tailed due to their much longer bill (I think its about 1.5x
in addition in good light the underpanel of Sooty creates a "white
appearance as they glide from side to side, this is in contrast to 
Short-Tailed which just gives the appearance of a pale underwing (I
this looks more "greyish" than white or perhaps a dirty white rather
than a 
more distinctive "flash") panel which is less obvious.

Hope this helps

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