Streaked and Arabian Shearwater , Carnarvon, WA

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Subject: Streaked and Arabian Shearwater , Carnarvon, WA
From: Nathan Waugh <>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2012 09:26:45 +0800
Hi All,

Over the Easter break I observed a very large number of *Streaked
Shearwaters* (at least *300*) amongst a 'mega flock' of at least *4000
- wedge-tailed shearwaters* whilst seawatching from Red Bluff an hour north
of Carnarvon, WA on the 12th April. Smaller numbers (10-20 bird) were seen
each morning whilst I was there.

Also of note, where what I consider to be at least *3 (up to about 30) -
Arabian Sheaterwaters*. Size comparison was easily made with wedge-tailed
/streaked shearwaters flying around the birds. ID was made by ruling out
other shearwater contenders (Hutton's, Fluttering, Little and Tropical).
Features noted where extensive white 'face' and encircling eye (ruling out
huttons/fluttering), extensive dark underwing and brown colouration (ruling
out Little), lack of any white on rump ('blinkers') (ruling out Tropical),
dark undertail coverts. Due to the distance of the observation I was unable
to make out feet colour. I am happy to receive
comments/questions/suggestions on this observation.

Very large numbers (400+) of full breeding white-winged black terns where

Also seen where good numbers of Roseate terns, common noddies, Hutton's


Nathan Waugh

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