SYDNEY, NSW PELAGIC
TRIP REPORT 8th February 1997
A somewhat frustrating trip with fine hot and windy conditions making
the trip a little unpleasant for some. Rarities were sighted but
unfortunately the views were brief and distant. Highlights included
distant views of Gould's Petrel, Streaked Shearwater and a possible
sighting of a White-necked Petrel. For many the real highlight was
the sighting of a rare Fraser's Dolphin. At least certainly rare in
waters off Sydney. It was noted that the waters close in shore were
still very murky following a recent week of heavy rain. The lack of
Storm Petrels and particularly low numbers of Jaeger's was unexpected.
Water temperature 23.7C once beyond the shelf.
Departed at 7.00 am and returned at 3.30 pm.
2.0 metre + swell.
20 knot changeable winds predominantly from the North West tending
North East later in the day.
Reached 25.1 Nautical Miles E of Sydney Heads.
Those on Board:
Steve Annyon-Smith, Keith Brandwood, Mike Carter, John Leonard,
Lori & Mike Corbani, Brian Fletcher, Bill Fulton, Chris Gladwin,
Dion Hobcroft, Alan McBride, John McLennon Roger McGovern,
Pete Milburn, Alan Morris, Colleen Pederson, Ted Nickson,
Tony Palliser, John Reidy, Edwin Vella and Richard Yank.
Little Penguin (2) In the harbour
Great-winged Petrel (50-100+) Many in heavy moult
WHITE-NECKED PETREL? (1) Possible, Distant Views
Gould's Petrel? (3) Distant Views
Flesh-footed Shearwater (75+)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (200+)
Sooty Shearwater (1) Possible
Short-tailed Shearwater (6-8)
STREAKED SHEARWATER (1)
Fluttering Shearwater (5+)
Hutton's Shearwater (10-15)
Australasian Gannet (3)
Pomarine Jaeger (5)
Arctic Jaeger (2)
Silver Gull (30+) In the harbour
Crested Tern (3) In the harbour
Common Tern (8-9) In the harbour
SOOTY TERN (1)
FRASER'S DOLPHIN (1+)
The next trips planned are from Wollongong on Sunday 23rd February 1997
and from Sydney on Saturday 8th March 1997. Places are still available.
To make a booking or find out more contact either:
Tony Palliser (.....Sydney, Australia)
Phone.....+61 2 9900 1678 or Home +61 2 9427 7563
Fax.......+61 2 9900 1669