Why are NZ Storm Petrels off Australia?

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Subject: Why are NZ Storm Petrels off Australia?
From: Simon Mustoe <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 05:03:06 +0000

You are absolutely right. Thanks for the correction.


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Subject: Why are NZ Storm Petrels off Australia?
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:33:52 +1100

Two questions for you Simon re your bird-o
Following your banner headline on New Zealand
Storm-Petrels you say,
"This species was only rediscovered
breeding in northern NZ in 2003, after an absence of 150 years from the
scientific record".
Which paparazzo told you
that? Reveal your source please. My understanding is that
the breeding grounds of this species were unknown and
remain unknown and some think that they may breed in the New
Caledonia/Vanuatu/Solomons region and spend the non-breeding season in the
Hauraki Gulf!
So the gyre is likely to have brought
the birds to the coast but what brought the birds to the gyre which may
have a diameter of 100 nm? Even if double that size there is
still a broad ocean to cross from a passage between the Vanuatu/Solomons etc.
and NZ.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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