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A life of adventure and opportunity – birds find me in that happy place


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On Saturday morning I boarded a fishing boat on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and, along with 15 or so others, chugged more than 40 nautical miles out to sea, where the Australian continental shelf drops off into deep water. But we weren’t out there for the fish: everyone was carrying binoculars and camera gear. We were looking for pelagic seabirds – shearwaters and petrels that spend most of their lives on the wing.

Conditions had been perfect all week, with south-easterly breezes to help push the birds closer inshore. “We’ll see a Cook’s petrel today,” I predicted, feeling cocky. Not that I had good reason to be: only one Cook’s petrel has ever been officially recorded in Queensland waters. It’s a small, graceful grey and white seabird with a black eye patch that breeds in New Zealand. The boat stopped and a trail of foul-smelling berley was throw into the water.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/30/a-life-of-adventure-and-opportunity-birds-find-me-in-that-happy-place

 

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