birding-aus Oiled Seabirds

Subject: birding-aus Oiled Seabirds
From: "P.J. Milburn" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 1999 17:45:41 +1000
Dear OzBirders

The furore surrounding the Sydney Harbour oil spill prompts me to voice an
on-going concern.  We have seen far greater numbers of oiled seabirds along
the NSW coast this winter than normal.

The species involved include various Prions, Crested Tern, Shy and
Black-browed Albatross, Cape Petrel and Australasian Gannets.  (All of
these are white below so I wonder if we miss oil on Great-winged Petrel

Have any other obsevers noticed a similar phenomenon?  I have been hoping
to obtain an oil sample by finding a beachwashed specimen or capture a live
bird but so far no luck in either department.


P.S. I bet those Phoebetria (Sooty) Albatross were just heavily oiled
Gannets! :)

Dr.Peter Milburn
Biomolecular Resource Facility
The Australian National University
GPO Box 334 Canberra ACT 0200  AUSTRALIA
Phone No.  <61> <2> 6249 4326
Fax No.    <61> <2> 6249 4326
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