Portland Trip 9th July 1995

Subject: Portland Trip 9th July 1995
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 00:52:39 +1000 (EST)
After a number of unsuccessful attempts to get out from Portland (western 
Victoria) in June, they finally made it on Sunday 9th July.

Brett Jarrett reports these sightings:

Wandering Albatross     2
Royal Albatross         1
Yellow-nosed Albatross  8
Black-browed Albatross  60+
Shy Albatross           c.160
Fluttering Shearwater   c.20
Sooty Shearwater        2
Short-tailed Shearwater 2
Cape Petrel             3 or 4
Great-winged Petrel     8 - 10
Southern Giant Petrel   5
Fairy Prion             40 - 50
Grey-backed Storm-petrel 6+
Wilson's Strom-petrel   1
White-faced Storm-petrel 2

Also observed:  Australasian Gannet
                Black-faced Shag
                White-fronted Tern  2
                Crested Tern
                Peregrine Falcon (!)

Sorry- I didn't ask Brett about the weather, apart from the fact that it 
became rough later in the day ahead of a cold front (which gave Melbourne 
its coldest July day since 1901 and dumped a lot of snow on my wife and I 
who were XC skiing at Mt Stirling :-)      ).

Russell Woodford
I'm booked on the next trip (30th July) so it will probably blow a gale!!rch 
of goodies such as Lesser Noddy, Roseate Tern, Red-tailed Tropicbird  
and hopefully other pelagic rarities. 

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