Related to this, Joy Tansey and I had a very pleasnt day in the sun at Pt
Lonsdale, Vic, watching seabirds in the Rip. No wind and very calm seas. the
best part for watching was, it was cold so no heat haze for those distant
Not much variety but there was a White Morph Southern Giant Petrel feeding just
off shore with the Shy and Black-browed Albatross.
A dark bird of the same size was also seen showing a pale face and bill with a
dark tip. It flew past the Heads and on east toward Cape Shank. I would have
said Northern Giant Petrel but the rump was noticably pale against the dark
tail and back.
There was also a Pomerine Skua that flew past heading west so all in all a
Oh, and there was a Swift Parrot ay the Woodlands Estate as mentioned in an
---- Tim Dolby <> wrote:
> Hi Sea-birders,
> On a similar vain to the seabirds being blown ashore in sunny NSW, a
> white morph Southern Giant-Petrel was found (21 June 2007) on
> Melbourne's Brighton Beach in Victoria. Regrettably the bird later died.
> A picture of the bird is on Birdline Victoria. See
> The week before (10 June 2007) a juvenile Northern Giant-Petrel was seen
> floating near Griffiths Island Lighthouse at Port Fairy.
> Tim Dolby
> Hi Alan et al,
> I believe there was a Northern Giant Petrel found in the Newcastle
> Knights stadium, a Black-browed Albatross somewhere about 10km inland
> and an Australasian Gannet in town. A Prion also ended up in Sydney but
> it later died.
> I don't know who coordinated the rescue of these birds locally. I do
> know they somehow made it to Taronga. The fate of all of them except the
> Giant Petrel (which I think was released yesterday) is not known.
> From: "alan morris" <>
> To: <>
> CC: Almarosa <>
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Seabirds blown ashore at Newcastle NSW
> Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 19:20:33 +1000
> >Hi Birders,
> >My wife told me that there was a brief report on the local TV
> >station NBN 3 last night about some seabirds being blown ashore
> >the recent storms at newcastle, taken into care by Taronga Zoo
> >and then released at sea off Newcastle. She thought that they
> >an Albatross and a Petrel. Did anyone see the segmert and know
> >species were being released?
> >Alan Morris
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