birding-aus Sydney Pelagic Trip Report 13th February 1999

Subject: birding-aus Sydney Pelagic Trip Report 13th February 1999
From: "Tony PALLISER" <>
Date: 16 Feb 99 08:47:50 +1100

Sydney Pelagic Trip Report 13th FEBRUARY 1999 
Departed at 7.15 am and returned at 3.00 pm. 
2.0M swell, Winds Light to 5-10 Knots 
Reaching 30 Nautical Miles E of Sydney Heads. 
Water temperature 24.3 Degrees 
Primary chumming location 34.05'S 151.48'E 
Those on Board, 
Craig Arms, Robin Benson, Lyle Brinker, Mike Carter, Debbie Colbourne, 
Peter Crabtree, Penny Drake-Brockman, Francis Dorma, Jim Enticott, Mike 
Doyle, Rob Farnes, Rod Gardner, Dion Hobcroft, Nick Hodges, Paul Keogh, 
Peter Lansley, Julian Miles, Alan Morris, Jan Mullholland, Ross 
Mullholland, Ted Nickson, Tony Palliser, David Siems, Tab Shimba, Tom 
Smith, Andrew Stafford, Duncan Wallbridge, Michelle Wallbridge. 
Taking into account the number of high quality observers on board and the 
distance traveled this trip was, for most, somewhat of a let down.  Bird 
numbers and variety being well down on expectations.  A pleasant calm day 
though, with ideal opportunities to photograph Flesh-footed Shearwaters and 
Great-winged Petrel.  One or two observers did manage to see a distant 
Buller's Shearwater but most missed it. Tom Smith has kindly offered to  
complete the atlas sheets. 
(numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time) 
(numbers before the name assist in the recording process) 
073-Great-winged Petrel 15-25(6+) 
069-Wedge-tailed Shearwater 100-150(50+) 
075-Buller's Shearwater 1 
072-Flesh-footed Shearwater 40-60(25+) 
071-Short-tailed Shearwater 10+(4) 
Fluttering/Hutton's Shearwater 1 
913-Hutton's Shearwater 1 
096-Great Cormorant 2 In the harbour 
097-Little Black Cormorant 1 In the harbour 
099-Pied Cormorant 4 In the harbour 
945-Pomarine Jaeger 6(3) 
128-Arctic Jaeger 10-15(6) 
125-Silver Gull 50+ Most in the harbour 
115-Crested Tern 8+ In the harbour 
120-Sooty Tern 3 (1 Juv 2 Adult) 
106-Australian Pelican 5 in the harbour 
Bottle-nosed Dolphin : one pod 
Future Trips, 
Sydney Pelagics depart on the 2nd Saturday of each month, Wollongong 
Pelagics depart on the 4th Sunday of each month and Eden Pelagics on 
the 3rd Sunday of each month thru 1999. 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 wk..... 02-99001678 fx..... 02-99001669 
Ph mb..... 0416 095875 
Ph hm..... 02-94277563 
email: wk: 

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