Sydney Pelagic Trip Report February 1997

Subject: Sydney Pelagic Trip Report February 1997
Date: 10 Feb 97 09:42:17 +1100
TRIP REPORT  8th February 1997 
Trip Summary: 
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)   
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 
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:   
 (Milburn)   or 
Tony Palliser  (.....Sydney, Australia)  
Phone.....+61 2 9900 1678 or Home +61 2 9427 7563   
Fax.......+61 2 9900 1669 

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