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9 April, 1770

 

On 9 April, 1770, James Cook wrote “saw a Tropick bird which I believe is uncommon in such high latitudes... Gentle breezes at NWBN and clear Settled weather”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Fair breeze tho very little of it: the Sea both yesterday and today was as smooth as a millpool, no kind of swell ranging in any direction. In the Morn a red taild Tropick bird was seen who hoverd some time over the ship but except him few or no Birds appeard”.

The Red-Tailed Tropic Bird, Phaethon rubricauda.

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