Short-tailed Shearwater wreck in Port Melbourne

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Subject: Short-tailed Shearwater wreck in Port Melbourne
From: Debbie Lustig <>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 10:57:01 +1100
I made a comment in my recent post about injured or sick birds. I said people 
shouldn't be put off attempting to help them. I want to clarify that I was 
referring to birds other than shearwaters. 
The decision to try and help injured wildlife is fraught, and qualified help 
should be sought whenever possible. Wildlife Victoria is a good start: 13 000 
94535 or call the RACV, who refer callers on. There are plenty of local rescue 
organisations which can be googled or refer to the front of the White Pages. 
This morning at St Kilda, between West Beach and the Langridge Street rock 
groyne, I counted 41 dead STSW. As well, a Little Pied Cormorant and a young 
silver gull lay dead - vicims of the rough weather...? 
I've never seen what people characterise as grief in birds, where a bereaved 
bird will hang around its dead mate for some time. But today, I saw something 
that made me think. I approached the young, dead gull to have a closer look and 
a huge ruckus of gulls circled overhead, screeching and swooping. It seemed as 
if they were trying to protect it, dead or alive. To warn me off? When I walked 
away, the birds went back to their roosts.                                      

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