Shearwaters in Hobart - species?

Subject: Shearwaters in Hobart - species?
From: Koren Mitchell <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 16:49:30 +1100
Fellow birders,

I was in Tasmania last week on a cycling trip, and spent our rest day in Hobart. As I didn't expect to see any interesting birds, I didn't have my binocs with me. However I noticed large numbers of shearwaters flying in the Derwent offshore from the main city area of Hobart. Can anyone enlighten me as to what species these might have been? (I'm guessing either Short-tailed or Sooty Shearwaters).

Incidentally I didn't see a great number of birds on the trip. During the times when we were cycling through forest, I heard quite a few birds but couldn't easily stop and search them out (I need to improve my "birding by ear"), and most of the places we camped didn't have any decent birding spots around. The exception was Port Arthur, but the weather was foul while we were there (rain, hail and wind). I did see a few of the Tasmanian endemics - Tasmanian Native-hen, Green Rosella, Yellow Wattlebird, Black Currawong, also both Pacific and Kelp Gulls and the above-mentioned shearwaters, but not a lot else.

Koren Mitchell
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