Peter Wilk <>
Help with id
L&L Knight <>
Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:49:10 +1000
I'm not an expert on petrels and shearwaters Peter.
Could you provide some more details - I presume the bird's underparts
were brown? How large was the bird - was it similar to a Silver Gull
in its dimensions?
It may be that you picked up a Providence Petrel or a possibly [less
likely] a Great-winged Petrel.
On 22/01/2009, at 8:28 PM, Peter Wilk wrote:
On 11/01/09 on a visit to Yeppoon we were doing a bit of birding
along the road to the Sandy Point area when we saw an exhausted
seabird sitting in a puddle on the side of the road. The bird was in
danger of being run over by the traffic of fishermen heading north.
We caught the bird, wrapped it in a towel and called a local
wildlife rescue person to ask for what to do with it. The advise was
to place the bird close to the beach in a protected spot and let
nature take it's course. Unfortunately we do not have any photos of
the underwing as we did not want to handle the bird unnecessary.
Back at home going through all the field guides we realise that
identification isn't as straight forward as we initially thought.
Thanks for your responses in advance.
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