Fwd: King Penguin at Geraldton

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Subject: Fwd: King Penguin at Geraldton
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 18:15:28 +0900

Yet another amazing sighting for Western Australia.

Subject: King Penguin Sighting
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 16:18:34 +0900
From: "Chapple, Rory" <>
To: "Frank O'Connor" <>

Gday Frank
Thought I?d let you know about a recent King Penguin sighting in Geraldton. A juvenile turned up on Coronation Beach on the 14th January near the windsurfers camp. Some of our staff took photos the following day and we identified it as a king penguin. See photos attached.
Unfortunately we went back to the site the next day (16th) and the bird was dead and had had its head removed. My impression is that it had been removed by a knife and I?d like to think that it was done by a fisherman after they found the dead body. We may never know. I?m taking the carcass to the museum staff in Perth next week.
It?s been a big 18 months for Geraldton ? Arctic Tern, Black-tailed Gull and now King Penguin!
Rory Chapple

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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