birding-aus Portland Pelagic Trip Report 21 February 1999

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Subject: birding-aus Portland Pelagic Trip Report 21 February 1999
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Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 17:05:34 +1100

Portland Pelagic Trip Report, 21 February 1999.

Those on Board,
Mike Carter (leader), Gail & Rob Barry, Norman Cooney, Stuart Cooney, David
Harper (SA), Brett Jarrett, Peter Lansley, Chris Lester, Neil Macumber,
Colin Rogers (SA), Charles Smith. (One sick, two queasy)

Michael J IV, Skipper:  Howard Willoughby, Owner/Decky:  Gary Roberts.

Fine 4/8 cloud mostly to the east sunny for most of the day.  Easterly
breeze to 10 knots.

Choppy in bay in A.M.  Sloppy sea on 2-3 metre swell before settling in

Sailed at 07:15, Docked 16:20.  At 09:20 at 33.33'S 141.24'E in 76 fathoms
stopped & berleyed until 09:55.  Stopped again at 10:30 at 38.38'S 141.17'E
in 150 fathoms and berleyed again (Shark Liver).

(numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)

Little Penguin 13 (10)
Black-browed Albatross 25 (20)
Buller's Albatross 4 (2) {All adults of race bulleri}
Yellow-nosed Albatross 80 (60)
Shy Albatross 25 (20)
Sooty Albatross 1 (Adult or nearly so)
Great-winged Petrel 30 (25) {2 gouldi}
Flesh-footed Shearwater 100 (80)
Short-tailed Shearwater 225 (50)
Fluttering Shearwater 60 (30)
Hutton's Shearwater 3 (1)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 4 (2)
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel 2 (2)
White-faced Storm-Petrel 80 (60)
Common Diving Petrel 1
Australasian Gannet 8000 {On Lawrence Rocks}
Black-faced Cormorant <50 {On Lawrence Rocks}
South Polar Skua 2 (1)
Arctic Jaeger 10 (3)
Pomarine Jaeger 2 (1)
Long-tailed Jaeger 2 (2)
Silver Gull 15 (10)
Pacific Gull 1 {On harbour wall}
Crested Tern 10 (4)

Blue Whale 2  {South of Cape Nelson}
Australian Fur Seal 2 in A.M. 1 in P.M.

Blue Shark 2

Stuart & Sam Cooney

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