Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 23-August-1998

Subject: Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 23-August-1998
From: palliser <>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 1998 14:32:19 +1000
Departed at 7.15 am and returned at 4.00 pm.   
1.0M swell, Winds predominantly W to SW 10-15 Knots  
Reaching 19 Nautical Miles E of WOLLONGONG.  
Water Temp 14.4 Deg C inshore 
Water Temp 18.8 Deg C offshore (over the shelf) 
Primary Chumming Location 34.32' - 151.16'     
Recent heavy rains in the area were clearly a big factor on this trip. 
The heavily silted waters reducing the number of inshore species  
significantly. Albatross and Pterodroma Species were almost totally  
restricted to the blue oceanic waters beyond the shelf. As a result 
the variety of species was dissappointing.  However we still managed 
to see small numbers of the common four albatross & a few storm petrels. 
This trip also saw the early arrival of a few summer species namely 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater and Arctic Jaeger.  Highlight for me was the 
huge numbers of Fluttering and Hutton's Shearwater allowing brilliant 
photographic opportunities.  I am crossing my fingers for some great 
(Note: numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)   
Little Penguin 1 (heard only)  
Wandering Albatross (gibsoni? stage 4) 3 (2)  
Yellow-nosed Albatross (bassian) 1    
Black-browed Albatross (both races?) 4 (2)   
Shy Albatross (cauta) 2 (2) 
Giant Petrel Sp 1 (very distant)  
Providence (Solander's) Petrel 15-20 (c.8)  
White-faced Storm Petrel 10+  
Fairy Prion 6 (4)     
Fluttering Shearwater 20,000+ (15-20,000) 
Hutton's Shearwater  1000+ (800+) 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 20+ (12+)    
Australasian Gannet 10+     
Silver Gull 50+ Most inshore 
Kelp Gull 4 (3) inshore   
Great Skua 2 (1) 
Arctic Skua 1 
Crested Tern 70+   
White-fronted Tern 10+ (4)  
Australasian Pelican 7 inshore   
Pied Cormorant 3 inshore 
Little Pied Cormorant 1 in harbour   
Little Black Cormorant 1 in harbour 
White-breasted Sea Eagle 1
Galah c20 flying North East? 
19 species of seabird - away from the heads.   
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.   
A reminder that I will be on leave for the month of September to make  
a pelagic booking during this period please contact Pete Milburn. 
Tony Palliser Ph; 02-99001678 (w), 02-94277563 (h) 0416-095875 (m)   
Pete Milburn Ph; 0416-249501 or Wk 02-62494326   
Best Regards  

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