Sunday, 12 January 2014

Beach Find

A month or so ago there were consistent reports of large numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters either in distress or washing up dead on beaches around Melbourne.

While I was walking on the beach at Queenscliff I found this skull, which is probably from one of these birds.

It was not known if the deaths of the Shearwaters was caused by a problem in Australia, or if the birds were not in good condition when they left their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere.

Whatever the reason, this find was a reminder of how fragile even birds with huge populations can be.


You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday 2 and I Heart Macro.  SM

17 comments:

  1. not a nice find but yes I had read lots of reports on the shearwaters also; hopefully this year will be a good year for them

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  2. That is sad news about the Shearwaters.. I hope their numbers have not been effected permanently. Have a great day!

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  3. ja je hoort er over maar als je het ziet word je er met je neus extra opgedrukt.

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  4. Ah, another look into "nature at work".

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  5. That would be a nice addition to my collection.

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  6. This is not fun to find dead Shearwaters.

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  7. Ah, sad indeed and I think there are far too many of these today.

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  8. Wonderful macro shot ~ always excellent photos here ~ carol, xxx (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. A sad end for just one of a magnificent family of birds Stewart.

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  10. Although I'd prefer not to find dead birds their skeletons are endlessly fascinating.......interesting image!

    Ruby

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  11. I don't know what shearwaters are, but that is certainly big! Poor birds

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  12. C'est toujours triste... surtout si les activit├ęs humaines en sont la cause.

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  13. Beautiful even in death.
    I will say He has found other places to fly. MB

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