Walking a long the beach this morning I was alarmed by the number of dead mutton birds washed up on shore and floating in the seaside water. There were literally hundreds of birds scattered across the beach. I speculated with my husband that they may have experienced exposure to some toxic substance in the waters which killed them. As it turns out, after turning to google, the birds are on their annual migration path from Russia and have probably experienced exhaustion and/or starvation. It seems though that conservationists are alarmed by the sheer numbers washing ashore. There are numerous reports online from beaches on the QLD coast to NSW coast that are reporting seeing hundreds of dead birds.