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Posted on: October 1st, 2005, 8:26pm
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Whilst geocaching today, we found a blue petrel in a park in an Innaloo park! This is easily 5km from the coast. Pizzey and Knight say they are quite often found beach washed after storms, and it has been pretty windy of late. Maybe it followed some seagulls and got lost.

I've seen terns over Gwelup, come to think of it.

Whether it was blown this far inland itself and died or was hit by the curious magpies we saw around or whether someone found it on the beach and dumped it in the park to confuse birdwatchers, I don't know.

It does seem to be a Blue Petrel, the diagnostic white tipped tail is pretty clear.

First time I've seen one. Pity it was dead, and lost.

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Posted on: October 1st, 2005, 8:27pm
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Ever wonder why tube nosed seabirds are called tube nosed?

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Posted on: October 1st, 2005, 8:29pm
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Diagnostic square, white tipped tail, the only small petrel that has this.

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Interestingly, when I rang the lady at Birds Australia to get the Atlas Number for Blue Petrels, she said she had seen another dead one in North Perth about 10 years ago.

They're listed as a vagrant species..it's amazing that more of them don't get picked up for it! (boom boom)
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