Sydney NSW Pelagic Trip Report 30th October 1997

Subject: Sydney NSW Pelagic Trip Report 30th October 1997
Date: 04 Nov 97 16:31:24 +1100

Trip Summary:
THE BLACK PETRELS HAVE RETURNED.  A pleasant day with calm seas and fine
conditions. Large mixed flocks of shearwaters inshore and good numbers of
Great-winged Petrel and Providence Petrels over the shelf.  Highlights for
most being a very obliging Black Petrel and of course the Wandering Albatross.
 A number of Hump-backed Whales were sighted close in shore as we were
entering the harbour.  Several very large dolphins were seen but remain

Fine and mild
Water temperature 20.9C once beyond the shelf.
Departed at 8.00 am and returned at 3.00 pm.
Variable North-East to South East winds to 10 Knots
Reached 28.0 Nautical Miles East of Sydney.

Those on Board:
Tony Palliser and the UK Wings group


Numbers in brackets = Highest Count at any one time.

Wandering Albatross
 gibsoni 8-10 (6) (mostly stage 4)
Black-browed Albatross  1
Providence Petrel  10+ (c.5)
Great-winged Petrel  80+ (c.30)
Cape Petrel  1
Wilson's Storm Petrel 4-6 (3)
Fregetta Storm Petrel 1 (probably Black-bellied)
White-faced Storm Petrel 1
BLACK PETREL 1 (and possibly 2 birds)
Short-tailed Shearwater 300+ (300+)
Sooty Shearwater 5-10 (4)
Flesh-footed Shearwater 4-6 (2)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 500+ (400+)
Fluttering Shearwater  5-10 (5+)
Hutton's Shearwater  50+ (30+)
Australasian Gannet  10 (3)
Arctic Jaeger 1
Pomarine Jaeger 1

Silver Gull  100+ mostly in the harbour
Crested Tern  20+ mostly in the harbour
Little-pied Cormorant  4 In the harbour
Great Cormorant 2 In the harbour
Australian Pelican  5-6 In the harbour


Hump-backed Whale (2-3)
Common Dolphin (10-20)

Trips are always on the 2nd Saturday of each month from Sydney and
the 4th Sunday of each month from Wollongong.

To make a booking or find out more contact  or
 or take a look at the web site.

Tony Palliser  (.....Sydney, Australia)
Phone.....+61 2 9900 1678 or Home +61 2 9427 7563
Fax.......+61 2 9900 1669

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