Dead Short-tailed Shearwaters

Subject: Dead Short-tailed Shearwaters
From: Tonya Haff <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:52:48 +1100
Hello all,

Apologies if this is a frequently posted topic, as I don't regularly post to

Over the past month to month and a half, I have noticed thousands of dead ST
shearwaters on the beaches of southern NSW.  A rough count of at least 1000
dead individuals on one pocket beach leads me to think that probably
hundreds of thousands of birds have been killed or died in this event.  I
understand this this is called a 'wreck', and that it happens periodically
as birds that are migrating back from the North Pacific encounter storms or
poor food resources, but I was wondering if any of you had more detailed
information about such events?



Tonya Haff
PhD candidate
Evolution, Ecology and Genetics
Research School of Biology
Australian National University
Lab: +61-2-6125-5651

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