Sooty Albatross

To: "Phil Hansbro" <>, <>
Subject: Sooty Albatross
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 17:29:37 +1000
Hi Birders,
Phil Hansbro commented that the 1983 record of up to 75 Sooty Albatross reported off the Continental Shelf off Sydney must be an error, especially as he, Phil Hansbro had never seen a Sooty Albatross at sea off Wollongong, Sydney or Swansea! Neither have I!
So I consulted the 1983 NSW Bird Report and under Sooty Albatross, the information was as stated. So I looked up the three NSWFOC Newletters quoted as references for 1983 in the Report and found that Sooty Terns were seen in small numbers off the Continental Shelf on two occasions, and a record off 4 Sooty Shearwaters down Wollongong way was in the 3rd newsletter, but there was no mention of a Sooty Alabtross in any of the 3 references quoted. I suspect that the information originally provided was a summary of Sooty Tern sightings off the Continental Shelf off Sydney but either a typo occurred in the original submission by the observer Allan McBride, to the Editor of the Bird Report (Terry Lindsey), or that the information was entered wrongly for Sooty Albatross instead of for Sooty Tern.
Alan Morris
Records Officer NSWFOC
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