birding-aus Portland Boat Trip - May 99

Subject: birding-aus Portland Boat Trip - May 99
From: "Chris Lester"<>
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 09:55:40 +1000

GROUP:         Mike Carter (leader), Chris Lester, Neil Macumber, Harry
               Clarke, Ted Shimba, Brett Jarrett, Andy Silcox, Rob & Gail
               Berry, Tim Murphy (QLD), Rob Layton (UK), Andreas
               Christensen (Denmark).
VESSEL:        Michael J IV.
SKIPPER:       Howard Willoughby
OWNER/DECKY:   Garry Roberts
WEATHER:       Fine, mainly sunny but some high cloud patches; cool.  Calm
               inshore at first, rising to 15 to 20 knots as we got further
               out, dropping off again to 10 knots as we came in, NW.
SEA:           Rippled in harbour and bay. Increasingly choppy offshore,
               waves to 1.5m pelagic.  Low swell.
ACTIVITY:      Sailed 06.55. Docked 15.35. Passed E of Lawrence Rocks @
               07.20 and headed out @ 12 knots @218o.  At 08.20, 38o 32.2?S
               141o 29.2?E over 71 fathoms, 7.5 NM off Cape Nelson.  By
               09.00 @37?S 22?E 80 fathoms. Crossed shelf break @ 09.20 and
               continued out to trawler.  Stopped and berleyed @ 41.7?S
               18.3?E in 240 fathoms from 09.40 till 11.15. Moved out to
               43.1?S, 19.9?E and berleyed again.  Headed in @ 12.10 slowly
               at first, accelerating as sea conditions improved.  Berley
               was shark liver.
ANIMALS:       Fur seals ? 2 only.  Blue shark ? one 2m long caught.
BIRDS:         Albatrosses abundant & well distributed.  Others scarce.  20

Little Penguin      1 offshore near shelf edge in am.
Wandering Albatross 12(10)  All pelagic.  3 stage (1), 1 (2), 1 (3), 3 (4),
                    1 (6), 1 (7).  Photos.  Others probably (3) & (5).
Black browed Albatross    700 (600). 500 impavida mostly ads., pel.  40
                    inshore, 60 offshore, 600 pelagic. 5 juvs, 135 sub-ads,
                    560 ads.  Photos.  Congregating where trawlers haul.
                    The younger birds were concentrated inshore in pm.
Yellow-nosed Albatross    5(2) 2 ins., 2 off., 1 pelagic, 3 juvs., 2
Shy Albatross       100(80). 2 ins., 8 off., 90 pelagic. 2 juvs., 8
                    subads., 90 ads.
Northern Giant-Petrel     4(3). All pelagic. Photos.  (1 disputed S).
Great-winged Petrel 40(30) 4 off., 36 pelagic but some followed us in quite
                    far.  All nom. race
(Prion              NONE and not one seen in four trips this year!!).
White-chinned Petrel      2(1) pelagic.  One with very obvious white chin.
                    Neither had black on unguis.
Short-tailed Shearwater   40(6) 10 ins (mostly pm), 20 off (mostly pm), 10
                    pel.  Mostly juvs.
Fluttering Shearwater     1 offshore in pm.
Wilson?s Storm-Petrel     20(15) All pelagic accumulating at our berley
                    slick.  Photos.
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel  4(2).  All pelagic accumulating at our berley
White-faced Storm-Petrel  6(2). 1 off., 5 pel.
Common Diving-Petrel      1 offshore.
Australasian Gannet 8000 concentrated on LR but collecting nest material
                    nearby.  Feeding flocks of c 100 were offshore (2oN) in
                    pm and inshore (2oN) in pm.
Black-faced Cormorant     20 (17 on LR in pm with 2 on sea).
Silver Gull         65. 10 bay + 50 on LR, 3 followed us almost to shelf
                    edge.  5 ins. pm.
Pacific Gull        1 ad. on LR.
White-fronted Tern  6(3)  2 off. in am, 3 pel., 1 ins in pm; all toW, all
Crested Tern        4(3)  1 bay (am), 3 inshore.  Surprisingly few and none

Notes by Mike Carter

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