Abbotts Booby at Shark Bay?

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Subject: Abbotts Booby at Shark Bay?
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2009 16:59:00 +0800

I received the following information about a possible Abbott's Booby at Shark Bay in Western Australia from Stella Stewart-Wynne. Unfortunately we don't have a photograph, so unable to confirm at this stage. Sorry for the delay. It was a little time before Stella returned to Perth, and then emailed me, and I was hoping for a bit more information first.

I have been doing the bird walks at Monkey Mia for DEC.
Last Saturday, 26th Sept., Elizabeth Ellis and I did a cruise to see dugongs etc. The skipper pointed out a 'strange' bird on the water that he had seen on and off recently, and asked us if we knew what it was. We couldn't get a photo, too far for our cameras, and nor did we have a b book on the boat.
Quite clearly a Booby, with totally dark wing and dark eye patch.
Checking in the bird book once on shore, by elimination it seemed to be an Abbott's booby.
Alas we couldnt do more boat trips to try to find it.
I asked both the tour boat people (enthusiastic) and some one from DEC (unenthusiastic) to keep an eye out, take photo's if pos., and keep me informed

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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