Re: birding-aus Northern Giant-Petrel in north Queenslasnd

To: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Northern Giant-Petrel in north Queenslasnd
From: Thyer <>
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 1999 10:20:05 +1000
Lloyd Nielsen wrote:
> Del Richards has asked me to put the following posting on birding-aus -
> An immature Northern Giant-Petrel was picked up at sea off Low Isles off
> Port Douglas on 31.July, 1999 (approx 16 degrees 30' South).  It was
> taken to the Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas where it later died.
> Weight was 1.9 kg - bird was emaciated - usual weight apparenty about 3
> kg.  It is now  being lodged with Queensland Museum.  Probably first
> record for north Queensland.
> Lloyd Nielsen
> Mt Molloy,  Nth Qld
Hi Lloyd and Birding Aus-ers,
I had a similar experience with a Northern Giant-Petrel back in 1986. I
worked off-shore at the coal loading facility at Hay Point near Mackay,
and one day we saw a bird in the water having difficulty staying
upright. It would keep tippling over on one side and stretching out it's
wing to try to balance and keep afloat. Seeing it's distress we launched
the rescue boat and retrieved it from the water. The bird had a pungent
odour and was infested with some sort of lice. It was brought in to the
then National Parks and Wildlife office in Mackay where Doug Shultz
Positively identified it as an adult Northern Giant-Petrel. The bird
died over night while in the care of NPWS.
Kind regards
        Les Thyer
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