Southern Fulmar in Mentone, Victoria

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Subject: Southern Fulmar in Mentone, Victoria
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 08:22:53 +1100
Last night as I sat, thoroughly uninterested in who was about to win inventor of the year, I had a knock at the door.  I opened the door to greet Paul Hackett with a cardboard box on his shoulder.
Paul had a bird that had been found at an apartment block in Mentone (a Bayside Melbourne suburb) and it was a ripper.
It was a Southern Fulmar (as you may have guessed from the message header).  The bird, apart from possessing a severely retarded sense of direction, seemed to be in good health and Paul, as a wildlife volunteer was taking it to a carer after he confirmed it's identity.
It seems Southern Fulmars are uncommon visitors to Victorian waters in the winter and this bird should be on its way to the Antarctic pack ice to spend its summer there!  I guess that it is a young bird and is heading to Lorne or the Gold Coast for schoolies week, or had schoolies week way down south and is still a bit fuzzy about the direction home.
So, Michael, one to add to your Bayside list, I would think, and for me a dilemma.
Can I tick this bird? After a handful of pelagic trips this bird is new to me, but now I have unmistakeably seen it--what a quandary I am in!
Stuart Cooney
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