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> Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:37:27 +1100
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] 'ARABIAN' Shearwaters in Bonapartes Gulf -
> Kimberley Birdwatching's annual trip to Ashmore Reef returned to Broome on
> Saturday so the earliest most of us arrived home was yesterday evening with
> the opportunity to view the photos of Arabian Shearwaters posted last week.
> Like the Peregrine Bird Tour group we also had an exceptionally successful
> trip and I will post a report later this week.
> Having now seen the photographs we're gob-smacked. Those Shearwaters they
> saw are something special! They are not Hutton's Shearwaters - we had
> excellent views and obtained many photographs of 575 Hutton's in a variety
> of plumages just three days ago. None resembled those birds. So
> congratulations to Simon Mustoe, Chris Doughty and the others in that group
> on their discovery. What a find!
> To us they do look basically like Arabian Shearwaters and are undoubtedly
> new to Australia. Moreover, they could be new to science as a separate
> taxon. With so many birds together who knows, there could be a population
> breeding somewhere in northern Australia or Indonesia. There are 3,000
> islands in the Kimberley alone let alone the NT. That Audubon's, Tropical,
> Little Shearwater group is notorious for having small populations scattered
> over a wide area and there is no general consensus regarding their taxonomic
> relationships. Indeed, even modern texts suggest new breeding sites await
> discovery. So well done!
> Mike Carter, Rohan Clarke & George Swann
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