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On Griffith Island

Posted Sunday 22nd May 2011 at 03:24 by Francis Duggan
On Griffith Island in Port Fairy where the Moyne meets the sea
Renowned for it's huge breeding short tailed shearwater colony
The shearwaters are present there from early Spring to early Fall
Of the Southern Hemisphere shearwater colonies the biggest of all
Is at Griffith island near Port Fairy Town
For it's natural beauty and it's annual musical festival a place of renown
Though the short tailed Shearwaters in numbers decrease by the year
Due to climate change and a shortage of food or so it does appear
They are not in danger of extinction and it would seem fair to say
That they will be breeding on Griffith Island long after my remains have gone to decay
Port Fairy in Victoria of great natural beauty has a charm of it's own
For it's shearwater colony at Griffith island by birders well known
Great travelers of the World oceans who raise their young in burrows in the ground
Though once far more plentiful in numbers they still do abound
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