Storms and Seabirds

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Subject: Storms and Seabirds
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 09:03:17 +1100
Hi Birders,
The tropical low that has formed off the northern NSW coast and the gale force winds that preceeded it up the NSW coast have brought disaster and devastation to many people. However these are the conditions that force many tropical seabirds ashore, particularly those that breed on Norfolk and Lord Howe Island. Birds such as White-tailed & Red-tailed Tropic-birds, White Terns and tropical petrels like Black-winged Petrels actually get blown inland sometimes up to 300 kms, while many Sooty Terns, Noddies and Grey Ternlets turn up on ocean beaches and headlands and reefs.
So brave the elements and go out and have a look and report your findings to Birding-Aus. Note that 3 Frigate-birds (species not determined as yet) have recently been seen off Wollongong, so that seabirds such as these can be found anywhere when such weather conditions prevail!  These are good conditions to increase your Life List!!
Alan Morris
Birding NSW Records Officer
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