more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters

To: Tony Palliser <>, 'Chris Brandis' <>
Subject: more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 04:00:04 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Chris & Tony,

Similar scenario off Southport, QLD, on the 20th October. We had many hungry 
Short-tailed Shearwaters around the boat for the whole time and very low counts 
of Wedge-tailed Shearwater (35) and Flesh-footed Shearwater (6).

Let's see what it looks like off Mooloolaba, QLD, tomorrow.

Nikolas Haass

Brisbane, QLD

From: Tony Palliser <>
To: 'Chris Brandis' <> 
Cc: 'birding-aus' <> 
Sent: Friday, November 1, 2013 8:49 PM
Subject: more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters


We had the same experience today off Sydney - that is 100's of Short-tailed
Shearwater that appear to be starving and many dead birds throughout  too.
Something appears to be very wrong this year!   This is way beyond normal in
my opinion.  Like you very few Wedge-tailed Shearwater and no definite
Flesh-footed Shearwater either.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Chris Brandis
Sent: Friday, 1 November 2013 7:42 PM
Cc: birding-aus
Subject: more dead Short-tailed Shearwaters

The pelagic trips off Wollongong this week had 100s of Short-tailed
Shearwaters following the boat fighting over the burley of minced meat and
fat and pieces of fat, obviously starving. A couple fell on board and
appeared to have reasonable breast condition but many flying past appeared
to have crops prominent from the breast line.
In my experience this is unusual as they normally stream past heading south
with the Wedge-tailed being the prominent Shearwater, but this time they
were in the minority.
Cheers  Chris

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