Up-date on Albatross season Wollongong. N.S.W. May-July 1997. Good season with
of Yellow-nosed Albatrosses arriving in May-June 17 birds captured, ringed and
on the Sandra "K" by Captain Carl Loves, Lindsay Smith and others. Including a
ringed bird from Amsterdam Island (South Indian Ocean).
July 11th, Wandering Albatrosses in good numbers, 5 birds captured by Lindsay
Harry Battam (SOSSA), Paul Rebuck of (New South Wales Parks & Wildlife Service).
Another 17 birds captured on 21st July, L. Smith & H. Battam (SOSSA), birds
that were first ringed by (NSWASG) New South Wales Albatross Study Group, in
birds were of unknown age when first captured.
Origins of birds caught this season include: Auckland Islands New Zealand,
Islands South Indian Ocean and possibly a bird from South Georgia Island South
Good numbers of Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama), attracting birds. Average size
cuttlefish in the excess of 1 metre and 15 + Kilogrames.
A few juvenile Shy Albatross observed & Black-browed Albatross plentiful
on cuttlefish. At least 30% young birds, first winter.
Hope this is of interest to you.
Cheers, Janice & Lindsay
Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association Inc
P.O. Box 142, Unanderra NSW Australia 2526
Phone +61 042 716 004
Fax +61 042 724 626
Mobile 018 603 007