A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Muttonbird Island - Coffs Harbour

Muttonbird Island or Giidany Miirlarl in the language of the local Gumbaynggirr People, is a major breeding ground for the Wedge-Tailed Shearwater. The island was originally separate to the mainland but was linked with rock walls to form the 'Harbour' in Coffs Harbour in the early 20th century.

In the early days of European settlement the Shearwaters were called Muttonbirds due to their taste. They are a very oily bird with an unusual 'aroma' while being cooked. Most say they are an acquired taste.

At this time of the year they are often found dead in large numbers on local beaches. They die from exhaustion from their long journey from South East Asia and bad weather they may strike on the way. Muttonbirds are monogamous and always return to the same burrow.


  1. Sad story!
    But your sky is great!

  2. Gee that's too bad!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Oh I don't think I could eat them anyway Mark, even if they tasted good. Poor little things flying all that way just to kaput!


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