update on dying shearwaters

Subject: update on dying shearwaters
From: Colin R <>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:54:50 +1000
Hi All

I would also suggest that as Short-tailed Shearwaters are (supposedly)
'the most populous bird in the world' (?) and there are quote
'23,000,000' (That's 23 MILLION) or almost one for every man woman and
child on the Australian continent, and that they fly basically from one
end of the world to another over, arguably, the most hostile terrain for
any warm blooded mammal to occupy - that there will be casualities and
there will be attrition.
That's does not negate the plastic facts or the lack of food in the
ocean thanks to man's depredations, however, it is only to be expected
that a number will die en route. I think we need to accept this - but it
is important to monitor the numbers. 


 Wed, Oct 23, 2013, at 08:08 PM, Janine Duffy wrote:
> Well, so far I've picked up 5 shorties, all 5 have died.  2 died before
> I could get them away from the beach.  Of the others, two weighed
> 370-380g each, another weighed 420g.  I'm afraid I didn't cut open
> their stomachs to check for plastic ingestion - I might get them back
> from the beach tomorrow and try that.  I would be very interested in
> that outcome.
> I've seen another 10 or so dead on the beach between Bay St, Port
> Melbourne and Kerferd Rd, Albert Park.
> Also I tried chucking some fish out to the shorties near the pier.  3
> or 4 were very interested and fought off Silver Gulls to get some.
> Another 10 or so didn't bother.  So either they are too exhausted to
> try, or there's nothing wrong with them.
> It's been a good learning exercise, but such a shame.  Poor little
> blighters.  Thanks everyone for your comments, suggestions and help.
> Janine
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