SYDNEY, NSW PELAGIC TRIP REPORT 8th November 1997
A great day with excellent views of both Black Petrel and Black-bellied
Storm Petrel. At least 4 Black Petrels (probably 5) being a record
number. This being the 3rd consecutive trip from Sydney to produce Black
Petrel this year proving once more that they are indeed regular visitors to
our waters at this time of year. The Black-bellied Storm Petrel put on an
excellent show as did a pair of Hump-backed Whales breaching just outside
the heads upon our return. A lost Welcome Swallow was sighted at our
chumming location 27 N Miles from shore (33.52'S 151.50'E)
Overcast and mild
Water temperature 21.2C once beyond the shelf.
Departed at 7.30 am and returned at 2.30 pm.
Variable South East winds to 15 Knots
Reached 27.2 Nautical Miles East of Sydney.
Those on Board:
Nick Addey, Steve Anyon-Smith, Harry Clarke, John Durante, Russell Farr,
Chris Harris, Phillipa Hodgins, Eric Lindgren, Kim Kenney, Roger McGovern,
Dick Newell, Mia Nybort, Ted Nickson, Tony Palliser, Harriette Phelps,
Peter Phillips, Robert Quinan, Alan Rogers, Adrian Ryan, Sylvia Smith,
Andrew Stafford, Bob Way, Matthew Wilson and Tom Wilson.
Numbers in brackets = Highest Count at any one time.
Little Penguin (1)
gibsoni 6-9 (6) (mostly stage 4)
Exulans 1 (1) (stage 7)
unidentified (2) (stage 2)
Black-browed Albatross 2 (1)(Juv)
Providence Petrel 10-12 (c.5)
Great-winged Petrel 50+70 (c.30)
Wilson's Storm Petrel 6 (3)
BLACK-BELLIED STORM PETREL 1
White-faced Storm Petrel 2 (2)
BLACK PETREL 4-5 (3)
Short-tailed Shearwater 500+ (400+)
Sooty Shearwater 10-20 (10)
Flesh-footed Shearwater 7 (3)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 70-100 (50+)
Fluttering Shearwater 10-20 (5+)
Hutton's type? 2-4 (2)
Australasian Gannet 2 (1)
Pomarine Jaeger 3
Silver Gull 30+ mostly in the harbour
Crested Tern 10+ mostly in the harbour
Australian Pelican 5-6 In the harbour
Welcome Swallow 1 (27 NMs from shore)
Hump-backed Whale (2-3)
Common Dolphin (15-20)
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