SYDNEY Pelagic Trip Report for 9th November 1996
The Black Petrels have arrived in numbers with 3 birds seen together.
Once again the oil slick worked wonders with the storm petrels. Both
White-faced and Wilson's Storm Petrels were attracted to within what
seemed like touching distance.
Great-winged Petrels and a few Providence Petrel were also attracted
to the boat, with one great-winged even deciding to land on board ready
for close inspection. Three Cattle Egrets were observed over the shelf
flying back towards Australia. Another highlight being the sighting of
up to four Gould's Petrels, a tick for many on board.
Water temperature 18.5C once beyond the shelf.
Departed at 7.00 am and returned at 3.00 pm.
1-2 metre swell.
10-15 knot changeable winds predominently from the North East.
Reached 27 Nautical Miles E of Sydney Heads.
Those on Board:
George Appleby, Howard Armstrong, Theis Armstrong, Alan Benson,
Robin Benson, Katie Bertsche, Rowan Clark, Chris Corben, Rod Gardner,
Dion Hobcroft, Lisa Hug, Roger McGovern, Louise McGovern, Paul MacDonald,
Pete Milburn, Tony Palliser, Cilla Quested, John Rogers, John Reidy,
Alex Watson, Bill Watson, James Watson & Richard Yank,
Wandering Albatross (6)
Black-browed Albatross (1) (sub adult)
Shy Albatross (1)
Giant Petrel Sp (1)
Cape Petrel (6)
Great-winged Petrel (150-200+) Many in heavy moult
Providence Petrel (5)
Gould's Petrel (4)
Cookalaria type Petrel? (2)
BLACK PETREL (3)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (2)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (50+)
Sooty Shearwater (10+)
Short-tailed Shearwater (1000+)
Fluttering Shearwater (20+)
Hutton's Shearwater (1)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (20+)
White-faced Storm Petrel (9)
Australasian Gannet (6+)
Arctic Jaeger (2)
Long-tailed Jaeger (2)
Silver Gull (60+)
Common Tern (2)
Crested Tern (15+)
Australasian Pelican (2) In the harbour
Cattle Egret (3) Beyond the shelf
Common Dolphin (20+)
The next trips planned are from Wollongong on Sunday 24th November
and from Sydney on Saturday 14th December. Places are still available.
To make a booking or find out more contact either:
Tony Palliser (Sydney, Australia)
Phone +61 2 9900 1678 or +61 2 94277563
Fax +61 2 9900 1669