Shearwaters washing up

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Shearwaters washing up

Postby philbattley » Tue May 14, 2019 5:06 pm

Just had a call from Wildbase at Massey saying they'd just been handed 5 live shearwaters from the Foxton beach area, from someone who also saw about another 15 birds dead on the beach. These are likely young Sooties, but it could be worthwhile checking the west coast beaches in case this is more widespread.
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Re: Shearwaters washing up

Postby Davidthomas » Wed May 15, 2019 9:04 am

There have been a few washed up on the east coast too. And now Two young mottled petrels were found up on the Tasman Glacier.

See doc Facebook release:
These lost mottled petrels / kōrure were rescued yesterday from the Tasman Glacier after a pilot from Inflite Experiences New Zealand spotted them huddled together on the Tasman Saddle and flew them to our Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park team.

These birds can handle cooler temperatures, but not icy glaciers! The young fledglings were likely beginning their migration north to the Bering Sea and have been blown off course by strong winds. They’re a target for predators on the ground, so it’s a good thing they were rescued from their predicament.

They were taken to Oamaru where they were released last night. One followed the other and we could see them in the moonlight as they silently flew along the cliff edge and then turned out to sea. The cover of darkness also provides protection from avian predators such as black-backed gulls.
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Re: Shearwaters washing up

Postby Nikki McArthur » Wed May 15, 2019 12:18 pm

On Monday afternoon I received a report from Kim Broad of a live sooty shearwater seen on SH2 near Silverstream (Hutt Valley). Unfortunately, it was wandering out into the oncoming traffic, and by the time Kim managed to turn around and get back to the spot, it had been hit and killed by an oncoming car.
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Re: Shearwaters washing up

Postby David Riddell » Sat May 18, 2019 2:37 pm

Just back from a beach patrol at Waikorea (NW Waikato). Didn't find much - just two common diving petrels, a fluttering shearwater, a fairly decayed blue penguin and skeletal remains of a juvenile black-backed gull, from 5.4km of beach.

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