Monday, 7 January 2013

Short-tailed Shearwaters


Short-tailed Shearwater, commonly known as Mutton Birds because of its fatty flesh and oil content.
 Once heavily hunted but now protected in Victoria.
A migratory bird that circumnavigates the Pacific but returns to Southern waters each year to breed.
The Colony on Griffiths Island and Pea Soup at Port Fairy are rare mainland colonies. The majority of nesting burrows are on off shore Islands in Bass Strait.

A visit to Port Fairy in the Summer will be rewarded with the experience of many thousands of birds returning at sunset to feed chicks

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