Petrel / shearwater at Townsville

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Subject: Petrel / shearwater at Townsville
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Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 22:42:35 +0000
Hi All, 

I saw a petrel / shearwater this morning with upper wing and body markings like 
pictures of Herald petrels, but I'm no seabird expert. It was in Ross Creek 
Townsville. I haven't seen any shearwaters or petrels in 10 years of ferry 
communiting past this spot, so thought it might be of interest. Its beak was 
longer - like a Wedge-tailed shearwater, but I'm familiar with them and pretty 
certain it wasn't one. It had a dark belly, but I never saw underwing colour or 

Anyway, if anyone is in the area, keep eyes peeled. Last seen flying low over 
the water, heading inland past the Magnetic Island ferry terminal.  


Eric Vanderduys
Technical Officer
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Phone: +61 7 4753 8529 | Fax: +61 7 4753 8600 | Mobile: 0437 330 961 
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Address: CSIRO, PMB PO, Aitkenvale, Qld 4814. Deliveries: CSIRO, ATSIP, Bld 145 
James Cook Drive, James Cook University Douglas Campus, Townsville Qld 4814, 


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