I was fortunate to go on the Sunday trip. While we did not get the variety
on Andrew's trip, we did see some great birds despite the calmer sea
conditions. My 2 main highlights for the day were the Black Petrels (a new
bird for me) and the good numbers of Long-tailed Jaegers (about 10-15
atleast were behind the boat) where on my previous trips I have only seen
single birds. We must of banded atleast 16 Wandering Albatross types which
kept Peter Milburn and Vince quite busy. I really hope this is a sign that
magnificent birds will be on the increase.
I was quite amazed how Captain Carl spotted and quickly caught a Black
Petrel as soon as it flew in. Just as I was waiting for a Black Petrel to
show up, and with Carl saying "C'mon you Black Petrels", a few minutes later
I hear Carl say "Black Petrel" and I quickly responded "Where? " with
and then as I managed to get my binoculars on one, Carl catches another in
air with his net. it was then banded, giving us great views of the bill.
I also liked how Carl caught one of those Blue Petrels flying in mid air,
back on a July trip. I also found it quite interesting to see, while we were
Wanderers, the number of Wilsons Storm Petrels building up with the slick
about the boat, after we stopped for about 2 and 1/2 hours. During this
time, I was hoping
to find one of those Black-bellied Storm Petrels that Andrew had seen the
day but had no luck. About 20 species were seen on the trip.
All the pelagics I have been to this year have been great experiences, and I
hope next years will bring much the same.
P.S. This morning, I felt like that I was being followed by Channel-billed
Cuckoos. I heard one just before I left home for work and another just upon
arrival at work, about 20 km away.
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