RFI Tropicbirds in Victoria

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Subject: RFI Tropicbirds in Victoria
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2011 05:38:57 +0000
The BA Atlas has two records of White-tailed Tropicbird in Victoria - one from 
the Gippsland Lakes, and another from Mallacoota. I have also heard of an 
unconfirmed record of White-tailed Tropicbird seen near the Victorian coast on 
the ferry over to Tasmania. On the southern NSW coast they're occasionally seen 
on pelagics. I'm not sure if they've been seen on any Eden trips, but they have 
been seen on a trip run out of Ulladulla.

Interestingly there are quite a few Australian inland records of White-tailed 
Tropicbird, for example near Griffith (450 km from the coast, I assume along 
the Murrumbidgee) and one near Gilgandra north of Dubbo. More recently there 
was a bird seen in Roma, Queensland (400 km from the coast). Similarly 
Red-tailed Tropicbird seem to turn up inland with some regularity, with the 
most inland record coming from Bourke in NSW (800 km from the sea, presumably 
following flowing the Darling River). As far as I can see there are no 
Victorian Red-tailed Tropicbird reports, although there is one from over the 
border in sunny South Australia.

Also just to give everyone an update the status of the White-tailed Tropicbird 
found recently in Leongatha - it was released by an animal carer (Michelle 
Thomas) in Merimbula, Saturday 21 May 2011. She said the bird flew quickly out 
to sea. [For the record there's a recent record of a White-tailed Tropicbird 
from Merimbula - flying quickly out to sea, 21 May 2011.]


Tim Dolby

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Subject: RFI Tropicbirds in Victoria

A request for Melbourne and Victorian members.

We've received a report of a juvenile White-tailed Tropicbird on Brighton Pier 
last Wednesday.

This is a very rare sighing of the species in Victoria and I wondered whether 
anyone else has seen the bird or recorded them in the past in Victoria?

Please contact me directly including your thoughts on the sighting.

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section Department of 
Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002

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