muttonbird


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mut·ton·bird

 (mŭt′n-bûrd′)
n.
Any of several pelagic seabirds, especially some species of shearwaters.

muttonbird

(ˈmʌtənˌbɜːd)
n
1. (Animals) Austral any of several shearwaters, having a dark plumage with greyish underparts, esp the sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) of New Zealand, which is collected for food by Māoris. It inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in Australia and New Zealand
2. (Animals) any of various petrels esp the short tailed shearwater, Puffinus tenuirostris, which inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in S Australia
[C19: so named because their cooked flesh is claimed to taste like mutton]
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The works include crest improvements and re-armouring the breakwall between the beach and Muttonbird Island.
It is designed to boost safety for marine vessels and the estimated 100,000 people who use the breakwater to access Muttonbird Island each year.
Volunteer guide Kari Beaven shows V us the tough leaves of muttonbird scrub, used as "the first postcards" and legally franked until 1970.
And of course, the city has tons of family-friendly activities to enjoy at any time, including water sports, adventure, restaurants and cafes, the Pet Porpoise Pool Oceanarium, which has daily seal and dolphin shows, the Butterfly House, the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, and the Big Banana, one of the oldest and most-visited theme parks in Australia, with children's rides, an ice-skating rink, a waterslide, lakes, and shops.
We have muttonbird season, NAIDOC [National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee] week, all different celebrations, land handovers, bush tucker, ancestors talk about them and what they did in their day and how different it is now, talk about music instruments, weapons, tools, back to basics, land ownership, family tree, pictures in the room where all the people fought, painting, been to protests to Parliament, take the kids there .
Darrell West was a man of the sea, most content when camped on the coast, sitting in front of a fire with a drink in one hand and a muttonbird (Shearwater) roasting slowly over the coals.
Which English clipper ship ran aground on Muttonbird Island, Australia, in June 1878?
Lidgberg, LHIS039L, 31[degrees]34'27"S, 159[degrees] 05'04"E, 3 December 2000, leaf litter, CBCR (AM KS96531); 1 tritonymph, 1 deutonymph, 2 protonymphs, Muttonbird point booby colony area, IH015B, 31[degrees]33'00"S, 159[degrees]05'24"E, 22 June 2001, leaf litter, 1.
They were there loading their boat with bales of muttonbird feathers, ready to start next morning.
As reported in the Spring 1993 issue of Wild (Australia's wilderness adventure magazine), swamp wallabies were seen fighting over the salty carcass of a muttonbird on the famous beach of Wilson Promontory in the State of Victoria.
Darrell and Rhys were both keen to see if there were many muttonbird remains in the West Point midden; there were not--most of the bird remains were crow.