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AUSTRALASIAN GANNET (Morus serrator)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Rare regular visitor. One or two birds seen by an Australian Museum party in the lagoon during August–September 1887 (Etheridge 1889). One specimen collected by R.M. Baxter and registered in the Australian Museum on 25 September 1922 (AM O.27346). One seen by Max Nicholls in June 1944 (Hindwood & Cunningham 1950). One seen offshore and one found dead at Old Settlement Beach by John McKean in September 1963 (McKean & Hindwood 1965). Seen by Norman Chaffer in January 1967 (N. Chaffer diaries, AM). Seen by Neil Rankin in May 1974 (NSWBA data). One seen in August 1990 (Hutton pers. obs.). During the 1990s there have been at least nine further records, and the species is seen in most years, e.g. one seen diving in North Bay 8 April 2012 (Hutton)

 

Although most accounts consider the Australasian Gannet a vagrant or rare visitor to Lord Howe Island, there is little doubt it is a regular visitor as suggested by McKean & Hindwood (1965). Most juveniles leave New Zealand and spend two years in Australian waters before returning (Wodzicki & Stein 1958). 

 

 
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