Shearwaters at Norah Head

Subject: Shearwaters at Norah Head
From: (Alistair Poore)
Date: Sun, 27 Oct 1996 14:20:57 +1100 (EST)
        Yesterday I witnessed the largest concentration of seabirds I have
ever seen (even counting a recent trip to Lord Howe Island) at Norah Head
on the NSW Central coast.  Literally a few metres from the rock platform by
the lighthouse there were enormous flocks of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters -
feeding, sitting on the water and in flight.  I could not even begin to
estimate numbers, there must have been several thousand in a small area -
the ocean was black with them.  Adding to the feeding frenzy were Gannets,
Crested and Common Terns, Silver Gulls and a few Fluttering? Shearwaters. 
It was an amazing sight.  Is this sort of congregation so close to shore

        Alistair Poore

         Alistair G.B. Poore                            
                School of Biological Science
                University of New South Wales
                NSW   2052

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