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Subject: Shearwaters
From: "Stuart, Alan AD" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 16:35:33 +1100
Last Sunday a group of us from Hunter Bird Observers Club were at Glenrock 
Lagoon S.R.A., which is on the coast close to Newcastle.  Normally, this is 
a good spot to visit as there is a variety of habitats to check out.  Heavy 
rain on Sunday meant that it was less productive than usual.

There was a large flock (1000+) of dark shearwaters visible from the beach, 
and obviously following a school of fish or whatever as it moved about.   It 
seemed to be a mixed flock, as there were size differences.  Some birds that 
came in closer we identified as Wedge-tailed Shearwater, but the smaller 
birds stayed too far out to be sure of the identification.

On the shore, we found 4 dead birds.  The sea lice were very active, but 
 the birds were mostly intact.  Based on past discussions in Birding-aus 
about longevity of such carcases with sea-lice activity, I'd say that they 
were fairly recent deaths.

One of the dead birds was a Short-tailed Shearwater and the other three were 
Sooty Shearwater.  Presumably, then, these species were also in the flock 
out to sea.

Alan Stuart


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