Wollongong Pelagic Trip Report June 1998

Subject: Wollongong Pelagic Trip Report June 1998
From: palliser <>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 22:39:33 +1000
Departed at 7.15 am and returned at 5.00 pm.  
0.5M swell decreasing later, Winds Variable and light SSW t in the 
afternoon.  Headed North from Wollongong harbour towards Bulli 
Reaching shelf 21 Nautical Miles E of the nearby coast. 
Water temperature 16.0 Degrees C.  
Those on Board,  
Chris Brandis, Kevin Cronin, Rachel Cronin, Liz Ferguson, Richard
Johnstone, David Koffel, Pete Milburn, Floyd Murdoch, Tony Palliser, Colin
Richardson, Lindsay Smith, Ron Vanderwart, Jill Warner. 
The shelf appeared fairly quiet, however the vast numbers of Fairy Prion
and Fluttering Shearwaters in shore certainly made up for this. The Prions
being particularly cooperative allowing ideal photographic opportunities.
Apparently there are prions in large numbers from Wollongong to areas North
of Sydney at present which is in complete contrast to other more recent
years.  A great trip but we could not match the breathtaking trip from WA.

stopped at: 34.19'- 151.04', 34.26' - 151.08'.   
(Note: numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)  
Little Penguin 12 (4)  
Wandering Albatross (gibsoni? - 2 stage 4) 3 (1)
Shy Albatross 2 (1)
Yellow-nosed Albatross (bassian) 20+ (7) Mostly ad  
Black-browed Albatross (melanophris)5(2), (impavida)3(1) +2
Cape Petrel (1)   
Providence (Solander's) Petrel 10-15 (5)  
Fairy Prion 1500+ (400+)
Dove Type Prion? 2 (1)    
Fluttering Shearwater 2000+ (2000+)     
Australasian Gannet 4 (2)   
Silver Gull 200+  
Crested Tern 30+
White-fronted Tern 3 (1)  
Australasian Pelican 4 close to shore  
Little Pied Cormorant 1 in the harbour 
13 species of seabird - away from the heads.  
Hump-backed Whale (1)   
Sydney Pelagics depart on the 2nd Saturday of each month, Wollongong  
Pelagics depart on the 4th Sunday of each month and Eden Pelagics the 5th  
Sunday of each quarter. If you would like to join one of these trips please  
contact either Tony Palliser or Pete Milburn to make a booking.  
Tony Palliser Ph; 02-99001678 (w), 02-94277563  (h)  
Pete Milburn Ph; 0416-249501 or Wk 02-62494326  

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