SYDNEY, NSW PELAGIC TRIP REPORT 8th March 1997
Another memorable pelagic with perfect calm conditions and a plentiful
supply of great birds. The water temperature was exceptionally high at 26.1
degrees C. beyond the shelf, perhaps an influence of the tropical cyclone
'Justin' located in the Coral Sea? No doubt also influencing the birds
seen on this trip. Congratulations to Cilla Rose who reached the magical
600 on this trip. Cetaceans were also a highlight with excellent views of
Short-finned Pilot Whale and Striped Dolphin.
Fine and calm
Water temperature 26.1C once beyond the shelf.
Departed at 7.15 am and returned at 3.30 pm.
Almost no wind..
Reached 28.2 Nautical Miles E of Sydney Heads.
Those on Board:
Steve Annyon-Smith, Peter Barrant, Keith Brandwood, Robin Doughty, Mike
Doyle, John Durante, Christine Finlayson, Graham Finlayson, Alan McBride,
Roger McGovern, Bill McLean, Pete Milburn, Phil Murray, Ted Nickson, Tony
Palliser, Colleen Pederson, Cilla Rose, John Reidy, David Siems, Bob Way
and Jo Wieneke.
Little Penguin (4) In the harbour
Great-winged Petrel (5)
TAHITI PETREL (2-3)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (50+)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (500+)
Short-tailed Shearwater (4-5)
BULLER'S SHEARWATER (1)
STEAKED SHEARWATER (3)
Fluttering Shearwater (2)
Hutton's Shearwater (6+)
WHITE-TAILED TROPICBIRD (1)
RED-TAILED TROPICBIRD (1)
Australasian Gannet (2) Both Juv
Pomarine Jaeger (10-15)
Arctic Jaeger (2)
Long-tailed Jaeger (5) 1Adult 4, Juv
Silver Gull (300+) Most In the harbour
Crested Tern (1) In the harbour
Common Tern (20+) In the harbour
GREY TERNLET (2)
Striped Dolphin (40+)
Risso's Dolphin (100+)
Common Bottle-nosed Dolphin (100+)
Short-finned Pilot Whale (15+)
The next trips planned are from Wollongong on Sunday 23rd March 1997
and from Sydney on Saturday 12th April 1997. Places are still
available. To make a booking or find out more contact either:
or or take a look at the
Trips are always on the 2nd Saturday of each month from Sydney and
always the 4th Sunday of each month from Wollongong.
Tony Palliser (.....Sydney, Australia)
Phone.....+61 2 9900 1678 or Home +61 2 9427 7563
Fax.......+61 2 9900 1669