Sunday, May 01, 2005

The harsh bass strait winds

an exhausted mutton bird is washed ashore

Another struggles to get out of the wind.

The strong winds on the weekend has bought tragedy to the annual migration of mutton birds, with hundreds of the young exhausted birds forced down or ashore. Dead birds outnumbering the survivors by at least two to one on the Venus Bay beach. The next morning many birds had recovered enough and a few small groups could be seen flying low over the waves to resume their long journey north.

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