Sydney Pelagic Trip Report for 7th September 1996

Subject: Sydney Pelagic Trip Report for 7th September 1996
Date: 12 Sep 96 16:58:15 +1000
Sydney Pelagic Trip Report for 7th September 1996 
Those on board: 
Tony Palliser(Leader), Phil Hansbro, Alan McBride, Pete Milburn,  
Trevor Quested,  Cilla Quested, Annie Young, John Reidy, Rod Gardner,  
Keith Brandwood, Bill Watson, Chris Brandis, Irene Denton, Kira Bohn  
and Bob Handfield. (Thanks to all, for their support). 
An exceptional trip reaching a distance of 42 NM East of Sydney's South  
Head. Lots of birds recorded after the boat was stopped 27NM from shore  
with large numbers of white-faced Storm Petrel being recorded beyond  
30NM serving to confirm that they do feed well beyond the shelf. Also  
of note was the largest number of Wandering Albatross recorded this  
year, with over 20 individuals involving several races present.   
Wedge-tailed Shearwater's have returned in numbers, it being  
noteworthy that almost all sightings were very close in shore.    
Opportunities were excellent for photography, the White-faced Storm  
Petrels were exceptionally confiding as were the White-headed Petrels  
and indeed the highlight of the trip 3 White-chinned Petrel.Cetaceans  
were also of value with a pod of about 30 Risso's dolphin and  
Long-finned Pilot Whale and a very close Sperm Whale.   Unconfirmed  
views were made of two rarities thought to be a Kerguelen Petrel and  
pale phase Soft-plumaged Petrel. 
Water temperature 18.0C once beyond the shelf. 
Departed at 7.00 am and returned at 4.00 pm.  
1 Metre swell.  
10 knot changeable winds from the South in the morning to North  
Westerly late in the afternoon. 
Reached 42 Nautical Miles E of Sydney's South Head 
Wandering Albatross (20-30+) 
Shy Albatross (10-15) 
Black-browed Albatross (10+) 
Yellow-nosed Albatross (5) 
Providence Petrel (20+) 
Great-winged Petrel (80-100) 
White-headed Petrel (15+) 
White-chinned Petrel (3) 
Cape Petrel (8+) 
Fairy Prion (5) 
Fluttering Shearwater (30+) 
Hutton's Shearwater (20+) 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (200+) 
White-faced Storm Petrel (150+) 
Australasian Gannet (14) 
Silver Gull (100+) 
Crested Tern (10+) 
Great Cormorant (1) In the harbour 
Little Pied Cormorant (1) In the harbour 
Australasian Pelican (4) In the harbour 
Sperm Whale (1) 
Long-finned Pilot Whale (c.20) 
Risso's Dolphin (c.10) 
Common Dolphin (4) 
The next trip is planned from Sydney on Saturday 14th September and 
places are still available. To make a booking or find out more contact  
 Phil Hansbro  
 Tony Palliser 
Tony Palliser  (Sydney, Australia)       
Phone   +61 2 9900 1678 or +61 2 94277563   
Fax     +61 2 9900 1669 
Email    or            

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