As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday 2 March 2013

Rare birds found off far south coast

Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:47pm AEDT
A nest of extremely rare sea birds has been discovered off the New South Wales far south coast.

The pair of Fluffy Goulds Petrel was found by the National Parks and Wildlife Service on Montague Island- near Narooma, earlier this month.

Shorebird Recovery Officer, Amy Harris, says it is the first time the birds have been found at the site.

"It's a great discovery!” she said.

“The Goulds Peterel is the first sea bird in New South Wales to have its status downgraded from endangered to threatened.

“It's a really significant discovery," Dr Harris said.

Dr Harris says it is now only the fourth known breeding ground for the bird.

"We have one pair on the island which have a chick at the moment,” she said.

“They like to nest in very rocky, steep locations and we suspect there's a few more nests in inaccessible parts of the Island that we're yet to get to."

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