more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters

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Subject: more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters
From: Janine Duffy <>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:42:10 +1100
There are several dead or dying Short-tailed Shearwaters on my local beach, Port Melbourne.  I have one in care right now (weight 420g).  There are also about 20 near shore, still alive and swimming, but probably exhausted and underweight.  I was on Kerferd Rd pier earlier watching them, and on a whim asked the nearby fisherman for a fish scrap.  I threw it to the nearest shearwater, which took it readily.

I don't know if this is appropriate or not, but is it worth trying to prevent a few deaths by looking out for exhausted but still living birds near piers or boats and offering food (fish)?  Surely these still living birds have the best chance of recovery - waiting until they wash up and rushing them to overworked wildlife carers is a bit like closing the door after the horse has bolted.

Also, could Vic birders check their local beaches for beach-washed, still living birds?  They are vulnerable to dog attack if left on the beach.  A cardboard box with a towel is a good transport option.  Take to local wildlife carer, or vet.  Call wildlife victoria 13 000 94535  or Aware (Frankston area) on 0412 433 727 .


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