WOLLONGONG, NSW PELAGIC TRIP REPORT 23rd February 1997
A very quiet trip for this time of year. The number of species and the
total bird counts were down, however the rarity of the day made a up for
this with fine views obtained of two Tahiti Petrel, in fact this is the
first opportunity I have had to photograph this species. The ocean
temperature was exceptionally high and may be a significant factor as to
why the numbers were down?
Fine and hot.
Water temperature 23.9.5 - 24.3C once beyond the shelf.
Departed at 7.00 am and returned at 4.30 pm.
0.5 metre swell.
5-10 knot winds predominantly from the South.
Reached 25.8 Nautical Miles E of Wollongong.
Those on Board:
Robin Atherton, Jim Beruldsen, Graham Barwell, Chris Brandis,
Rowan Clarke, Robin Doughty, David Gillespie, David Hare, Dion Hobcroft,
S Kral, Mark Kumarishine, Elizabeth Lloyd, Eyre-Walker, David Russell,
Tony Palliser, Peter Prince, Fred Smith, Alex Watson and Bob Way.
Little Penguin (7)
Great-winged Petrel (50+)
TAHITI PETREL (2)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (200+)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (100+)
Short-tailed Shearwater (20+)
BULLER'S SHEARWATER (3)
Fluttering Shearwater (1)
Hutton's Shearwater (10+)
Australasian Gannet (1) (juv)
Pomarine Jaeger (20+)
Arctic Jaeger (2)
Silver Gull (35+) Close to harbour
Kelp Gull (2) In the harbour
Crested Tern (3)
Little-pied Cormorant (2)
Great Cormorant (1)
Australian Pelican (3) In the harbour
The next trips planned are from Sydney on Saturday 8th March 1997 and
from Wollongong on Sunday 23rd March 1997. Places are still available.
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