WOLLONGONG, NSW PELAGIC TRIP REPORT
22nd September 1996
Those on board:
Tony Palliser(Leader), Pete Milburn, Ian Woxvold, Ron Cross, Mike
Matherson, Richard Yank, Bill Maclean, Graham Barwell, Bill Kromwyk,
Moinca Silva (Thanks to all, for their support).
Once again an exceptional trip reaching a distance of 26 NM East of
Wollongong. A large selection of species with excellent opportunities
to photograph rarities in particular Antarctic/Salvins Prion and Royal
Albatross. Also of special note was the early return of Short-tailed
Shearwaters and even a single flesh-footed Shearwater and Arctic Skua.
As usual the Providence and Great winged Petrels were showing well. Also
seen distantly were 5 Sooty Terns and a White-chinned Petrel. Cetaceans
were also of value with a pod of up to 60 common dolphin and a
Water temperature 17.5C once beyond the shelf.
Departed at 7.00 am and returned at 5.30 pm.
1 Metre swell.
15 knot winds from the South a.m to Westerly late p.m.
Reached 26 Nautical Miles E of Wollongong
Wandering Albatross (12-13) 3 adult, 9+ juv, mostly stage 3-4
Royal Albatross (1) Adult sanfordi
Shy Albatross (10-20) 5 adults 10+ immature
Black-browed Albatross (14+) 6+Adult race melanophrys and 8+ juv
Yellow-nosed Albatross (2) 1 Juv, 1 adult
Southern Giant Petrel (1) Juvenile
Providence Petrel (20-30+)
Great-winged Petrel (80-100)
White-chinned Petrel (1)
Cape Petrel (6+)
Fairy Prion (1)
Antarctic Prion (3) (Note: P salvini has not been ruled out)
Fluttering Shearwater (15+)
Hutton's Shearwater (10+)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (50+)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (1)
Short-tailed Shearwater (250+)
White-faced Storm Petrel (2)
Australasian Gannet (6)
Silver Gull (500+)
Crested Tern (15+)
Sooty Tern (5)(Adult? although views were poor)
White-fronted Tern (10+)
Arctic Jaeger (1)
Australasian Pelican (3)
Hump-backed Whale (1)
Common Dolphin (50+)
The next trips are from Wollongong on Sunday the 27th of October or
from Sydney on Saturday 12th October. For information on these trips
contact either Pete Milburn or myself.
Tony Palliser (Sydney, Australia)
Phone +61 2 9900 1678 or +61 2 94277563
Fax +61 2 9900 1669