Ship assisted Birds

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Subject: Ship assisted Birds
From: Phil Gregory <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 22:33:24 +1000
Hi Chatters,

There is a photo of a Collared Scops Owl at this site Shot 24.
It was taken on a Russian ice breaker which is now in the Antarctic so
there is a ship assisted bird in the Antarctic.  I was on the ship for
Millennium voyage to the Chatham Islands and was shown the owl in the
captain's cabin. He said it joined the ship as it sailed past Japan on
way to New Zealand.  After we left the ship on the 5th Jan. at Dunedin
NZ it
immediately sailed for Macquarie Island and the Ross Sea.  Who knows
will happen to the bird.  I didn't tick it and it would have been a
Full trip report coming soon!

Thanks for that Trevor, it reminds me of the Snowy Sheathbill that came
to Plymouth docks after the Falklands War in 1982. Lots of British
listers went for a look just in case it was tickable, but it had been
fed on the voyage so that invalidates the claim to be "wild" Basically
if it's not fed or restrained en voyage it might get on the Brit list!
Kind of a grey area really.....
Phil Gregory

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