Matsudaira's Storm Petrel and Oil Leak Report

To: "Simon Mustoe" <>, <>
Subject: Matsudaira's Storm Petrel and Oil Leak Report
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2009 11:26:00 +1100
As I sail from Broome next Tuesday on my 12th Ashmore pelagic, Simon's message has my mouth watering again in anticipation. The number of Matsudaira's Storm-Petrels seen on the previous 11 trips has varied enormously. The species has been seen on every trip with the fewest being 2 each on sequential voyages in 2001 but over 50 in six other years so it may be a bit unwise to draw too much from just one trip. Nevertheless, I think you are right that the highest numbers of Matsudaira's Storm-Petrels in those waters, that is the confluence of the Indian Ocean and Timor Sea, at least at this time of the year, occur east of Ashmore. We certainly saw a lot there in 1996. With such a frequency and abundance of observations it is disappointing to note that the species is designated a vagrant to Australia in Christidis & Boles (2008) and still given that status in some field guides. When you say 'currently known only from the two Iwo Islands south of Japan', I assume you mean as a breeding species. But even that wouldn't be correct as they also breed on the Ogasawara Islands.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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