Short-tailed Shearwater wreck in Port Melbourne

To: Jim Tate <>
Subject: Short-tailed Shearwater wreck in Port Melbourne
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:40:31 +1100
What we are seeing is consistent with a population explosion, as others
have suggested, and the birds roaming more widely then usual to search for
food. This morning I can see a flock of STS in Corio Bay, near the Geelong
Shell Refinery, about 15-20 birds. I haven't recorded them this far up
Corio Bay in the 20 years I've lived around here. I haven't had a chance to
check the shoreline. All the birds I saw were flying.

Russell Woodford

On 11 November 2013 00:00, Jim Tate <> wrote:

> I may be catching up on something already covered, but...  Has anyone
> looked at avian influenza?
> *Sterna hirundo* from South Africa dying from influenza in 1961 first
> started us looking at avian influenzas.  H16 (of HA/NA influenza) was
> first found in Black-headed Gulls from Sweden and Norway.  Webster and
> Laver began their search for avian influenza after a wreck of Wedge-tailed
> Shearwaters.
> These flu viruses are related to human influenza, but not so deadly until
> they resort into something like H5N1.  Just curious.     -TATE
> James Tate, Jr., Ph.D.
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