more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters
From: Chris Sanderson <>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:45:11 +1100
Hi Philip,

I know someone that has autopsied quite a few Short-tailed Shearwaters that
have been wrecked and they have all had some plastic in their gut, though
this doesn't prove a link between their death and the plastic.


On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM, Philip Veerman <>wrote:

> This has always happened. Do you know if they are also vulnerable to eating
> plastic rubbish? As are some other sea birds. If so, surely that would
> drastically increase the natural problems of being exhausted and
> underweight. If they are found dead, this could be investigated or maybe
> already has been............. I don't know.
> Philip
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>  On Behalf Of Janine Duffy
> Sent: Wednesday, 23 October 2013 3:42 PM
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters
> 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 .
> Janine
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