Southern Fulmar in Mentone, Victoria

To: Stuart Cooney <>, "" <>
Subject: Southern Fulmar in Mentone, Victoria
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 18:09:40 +1100
Well, it was a living wild bird, but as it was in a box I think you
could call it captive ...  This is a tricky category, but I keep a
separate list of 'almost wild birds' or 'birds in difficulties'.

  My 'almost-list' includes the Magellan Penguin I met in New Zealand,
which was definitely ship-assisted (crew's pet from a ship). It showed
no inclination to go to sea and seemed to spend its evenings watching
TV... But as I am unlikely to ever see a real one, I took its photo and
looked at it carefully. My only Sthn. Fulmar was a dead one at
Blairgowrie beach when I was about 16. Pity I didn't know then that I
should have taken it to the Museum.

Anthea Fleming
Stuart Cooney wrote:
> 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!
> Cheers
> Stuart
> Stuart Cooney
> Birdline Victoria
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