Disappearance of short-tailed shearwater Melbourne
Every year hundreds of thousands short-tailed shearwaters, also known as mutton birds, come to Victoria's coast to breed after a giant journey, which takes two months. The birds spend summer in Alaska and then in the end of September fly 15,000 km to Australia. But this year mutton birds are late probably. September went past, and only a small part of usual colony has appeared.
For the past 30 years shearwaters have occupied the islands near Port Fairy. The scientists are worrying for the fate of shearwaters. Peter Barrand, president of Birdlife Warrnambool, fears, that we could see an extinction, happening before our eyes. And it's not only here, in Victoria: the same situation is in Tasmania as well. A spokesperson for Victoria's Environment Department said, it can happen either because of climate changes, or an opportunity to get food in the Nothern hemisphere.