Yes Mauro, that sailfish and the other nine that we caught that day were all
released unharmed (as far as that is able to be determined or understood).
It was my first sailfishing experience after years of planning an
opportunity and was indeed a spectacular day. Funny thing is that I don't
feel like repeating the experience. Having been a keen fisho all my life, I
will confine future fishing to occasions where I'm looking for a feed !!
From: Maurovic, Mauro (SAHC) <>
To: 'Roger McGovern' <>; birding-aus
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 1998 7:59 AM
Subject: RE: WA Birding Miscellania
I hope that the sailfish was released.....
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roger McGovern [SMTP:
> Sent: Tuesday, 11 August, 1998 4:31 AM
> To: birding-aus
> Subject: WA Birding Miscellania
> A couple of pieces of birding info gathered recently while on non-birding
> activities in Western Australia.
> Firstly, taking non-birding visitors for a weekend visit to the Margeret
> River region a couple of weeks ago, we visited a small winery called Black
> George located about 10km east of the Great Western Highway some 15km
> south of Manjimup. I was very surprised to see a small group (5-6) of
> Red-eared Firetails feeding on the grass outside the tasting room as
> confiding as House Sparrows in Hyde Park - sometimes inside the minimum
> focus of my 10x40's. This may be of interest to anyone that would like
> crippling views of this exquisite finch or who would like good photo
> opportunities of same.
> Secondly, I was in Broome last Friday and Saturday for a long-planned
> sail-fishing trip. We fished about 22 nautical miles offshore between
> 08.00 and 16.30 both days. The number and variety of birds was extremely
> disappointing. For the two days, I recorded 500-600 (50) Brown Booby, 40
> (3) Wilsons Storm Petrel, 1 Storm Petrel (sp), 1 Red-tailed Tropicbird,
> and 3 Lesser Crested Tern. The Storm Petrel (sp) was disappointing in
> that it showed up while I was actually connected to a large sailfish so I
> did not have an opportunity to use my binoculars. I observed a bird at a
> distance of 100m which was distinctly larger than a Wilson's, flew with a
> much more leisurely action and certainly had no white on the rump. I would
> be interested to receive any info on the known occurence of Matsudaira's
> Storm Petrel in this location.
> Roger McGovern