Port Phillip Bay penguins on beaches

To: Michael Norris <>, "" <>
Subject: Port Phillip Bay penguins on beaches
From: Kev Lobotomi <>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:22:29 +1000
Just letting people know, that during the course of hundreds of walks along the 
beach in the late seventies and eighties, along the beaches of Victoria, Little 
Penguin was the second most commonly found bird found dead on the beach (first 
by a long way is Short-tailed Shearwater in tens of thousands). We found a few 
thousand Little Penguins dead in that time, & it is not unusual to find them 
dead on beaches (including bay beaches). As a side note the next after penguin, 
was Fairy Prion which would probably add up to about a thousand or so.-Kevin 
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> Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:53:46 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Port Phillip Bay penguins on beaches
> Hi Peter and all
> Following Peter’s request I had a quick look thru the records I hold for the 
> City of Bayside (Brighton to Beaumaris).
> I couldn’t find any records for live birds on shore at night but amongst the 
> many entries for dead birds there are five particularly interesting ones, 
> summarised below, that include headless corpses (only one low enough to be a 
> seal victim) and three well above sea level.
> Could birds from the St Kilda colony be checking out possible nesting sites?  
> They may be running out of space (at times) and must have lots of energy when 
> they travel such small distances compared with those on Phillip Island for 
> their food. 
> Indeed their are rumours of breeding at some sites.  I’d be happy to share 
> info in private correspondence.
> corpse (part)          Brighton Jim Willis Reserve                   
> c10/11/1997
> bit of corpse ("shoulders" with both blue and white feathers) found under 
> tea-tree in dunes over 30m from beach. Beach-washed? and then eaten by fox? 
> dead - bits  fox?       Beaumaris: near Table Rock Point       10/06/2003
> 15m above sea.  Dumped by  angler - or fox?? It was quite fat and heavy.      
> dead - no head  fox?   Brighton: Head St to North Rd       c 23/01/2007 
> [area is less than 2m above sea level’]
> dead cliff top          Beaumaris Monocline cliffs                  20/07/2008
> [c 20m above sea level]
> dead fox?                   Beaumaris nr Table Rock                2008 to 
> 2010
> Suspected/guessed left by fox. [15m above sea level]                  
> Michael Norris
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