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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-07-08 11:49 PM
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Elusive bird spotted near Papua New Guinea
Source: MSNBC

Species thought extinct rediscovered; Becks petrel not seen for 80 years

By Regan McTarsney
updated 6:01 p.m. ET, Fri., March. 7, 2008

LONDON - A bird species not seen for 80 years has been rediscovered near Papua New Guinea, experts said Friday. The Beck's petrel, long thought to be extinct, was photographed last summer by an Israeli ornithologist in the Bismarck Archipelago, a group of islands northeast of New Guinea.

Hadoram Shirihai, who was leading an expedition to find the bird, photographed more than 30 Beck's petrels. Shirihai's photographs and his report were published in "The Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club" on Friday.



Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23526140 /



Nice to have some good news for a change...
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-07-08 11:58 PM
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1. K&R for the Beck's Petrel
:D
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:10 AM
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2. i hope there's enough of a viable population that will allow the species to recover.
But I feel pessimistic ... if there's only one photo and more birds have not been seen, we could be seeing the last of the Beck's Petrels.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:22 AM
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5. I hope so too...
30 birds could be a good start...especially if there are other undiscovered flocks. At one point, as I recall, there were only about 15 Whooping cranes left in the world.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:17 AM
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3. It would be great if they could make a comeback
I keep hearing about Tasmanian wolf sightings too- it would give me a small bit of hope to know that some had survived us.

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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:37 AM
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6. I wonder if the thylacine couldn't have taken refuge in swampland...
where there's plenty to eat, and people generally do not like to tread.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:21 AM
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4. ...
:applause:
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:39 AM
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7. It's wonderful
to know they could elude us for so long. I hope there are many other species who've also managed...
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