Arabian ... new seabird for Australia?

To: simon mustoe <>, birding aus <>
Subject: Arabian ... new seabird for Australia?
From: robert morris <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 10:54:50 +0000

Hi Simon
An interesting discovery whatever they are. Well done!
I have seen large nos. of Arabian (we used to call them Persian) Shearwaters in 
Oman (Mirbat) and small nos in the UAE when I lived there. There do look good 
for Arabian (which I think have also been recorded off Sri Lanka and India?)  
but I remember a much darker underwing than this (more like a Hutton's 
underwing). Have a look at some of Jans Erikens shots from Mirbat):
This could be moult / wear or the light / photos from you trip? Also I don't 
remember the eye looking so prominent (almost Little like) although Arabian can 
almost look like it has a poorly defined pale supercilium.
I've seen Audubon's on the Seychelles (I think this is now 'Tropical') and 
their upper parts are a sooty black colour - but the white sides of the rump 
are not always an obvious feature. In essence Arabian and Tropical (the forms I 
have seen in the Indian Ocean) are like comparing a Balearic and Manx 
Shearwater - colouration wise (this will mean more to Poms who grew up sea 
watching off Cornwall!). These birds don't look like Tropicals I've seen in the 
Indian Ocean.
This probably doesn't help much............!
cheersRob Morris

Brisbane, Australia

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> Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:09:10 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Ashmore Update and ... new seabird for Australia?
> Hi,
> We've just got back from the most awesome Ashmore Reef trip. The details are 
> on the Bird-O front page. There's also a brief article on what we think is a 
> wintering ground for Arabian Shearwater in Australian waters - which would be 
> a new bird for the continent.
> More to come 
> later...
> Simon.
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