Southern Giant-Petrels, Port Fairy ,Victoria

Subject: Southern Giant-Petrels, Port Fairy ,Victoria
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 16:05:01 +1100

An interesting observation from Port Fairy on the Victorian west coast (just west of Warrnambool) in recent weeks.

Work colleague Philip Du Guesclin from our Warrnambool office observed 14 (mainly dark morph) juvenile Southern Giant Petrels attending a Sperm Whale carcass off the beach.

The birds disappeared once the carcass stopped moving in the surf (lodged/stranded on a near shore reef).

In Victorian waters Southern Giant-Petrels are mainly winter migrants from Antarctic regions.  Birds visiting here are often juveniles.

The Atlas of Victorian Wildlife currently has 52 records of the species with most recent observations coming from the Port Fairy area.

Martin O'Brien
Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St. (PO Box 500), East Melbourne  3002

Tel: 9637 9869


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