Beached shearwaters

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Subject: Beached shearwaters
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 21:17:43 +1000
In Bayside, on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne the first returned
short-tailed shearwaters were seen on 10 October, following
strong southerly winds. The earliest date amongst my rather
limited records.

Since then at least 6 found dead and 1 seen being attacked by an
immature Pacific Gull which, oddly, left it alone after a while
and  drifted away from it victim. Many of the records of live
birds relate to singles just sitting on the sea: unusual
behaviour here.

My impression is that we also had an exceptional number of beach
washed shearwaters this January.


Michael Norris

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