Many Fluttering Shearwaters at Ardrossan SA

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Subject: Many Fluttering Shearwaters at Ardrossan SA
From: Ian May <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2011 18:07:58 +0930
g'Day all

This afternoon at about 1600 hr. while looking south from the end of the town jetty at Ardrossan SA there were many Fluttering Shearwater about 250m out, settling on the sea forming rafts of several hundred birds (at approx. 34˚25'740S, 137˚55'740E). In various directions nearby there were many shearwaters and about 20 Gannets performing the spectacular behavior of pursuit feeding. And looking further to sea all the way to the horizon there were thousands of them flying south west as far as I could see. Currently there are strong to gale force west to north west winds blowing across the region.

Over the years, numerous reports on birding aus have recorded Fluttering Shearwater congregating in St Vincent's Gulf during winter but this year numbers seem to be higher than usual in the northern part of the gulf.


Ian May


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