Slaty-backed Gull (and other albatross gull) gone

To: Moorhead Family <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: Slaty-backed Gull (and other albatross gull) gone
From: R Clarke <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:24:34 +1000
Hi All,
Just to clarify Bill Moorhead's reference to 'the other albatross gull' at 
Hopevale (see below) as I don't think it has been mentioned on birding-aus 
before. When I traveled to see the the Slaty-backed Gull back in February a 
local from Hopevale (a community to the north of Cooktown and some 20 km from 
the coast) told Jan England and I that they recently had a bird similar in size 
to the Slaty-backed Gull, but mostly black and white, hanging around with 
'seagulls'. He called it an albatross but my questions concerning size, 
behaviour etc convinced me that it was a large adult or near adult gull. It had 
been seen somewhere close to Hopevale where an outfall from a prawn processing 
plant emptied into the sea but it had since moved off. He offered to send me 
photos of the bird as he said it had been photographed but I never heard 
anymore. Given large black and white gulls do not occur regularly in north 
Queensland it was certainly another vagrant. Whether it was a Kelp/Pacific Gull 
or something more earth shattering we'll probably never know.


> From: 
> To: 
> Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 06:50:55 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Slaty-backed Gull gone
> Hopevale can be a bit tricky too. It is aboriginal land and as such
> you can't just go where you rather than jump through all
> the bureaucractic hoops on talk from weeks ago about the
> 'the other albatross gull', we went to the tablelands in the spare day
> available. We did, however , check other beaches, boatramps etc
> around Cooktown. Hopevale is also 20 something km's from the
> coast, so any vagrant gull would be at the end of one of the goat-tracks
> to the east of the township.

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