birding-aus Portland Pelagic 5th December 1999

Subject: birding-aus Portland Pelagic 5th December 1999
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 16:25:25 +1100
Hi all,
Here's the trip report for the Portland Pelagic that sailed on Sunday 5th
December 1999.

HIGHLIGHTS: Generally a very quiet day. The appearance of 4 or 5
White-chinned Petrels, including two with very white chins, over the shelf
being was notable. A huge pod of Common Dolphins (variously estimated at
between 500 and 2000 individuals) also provided interest with small numbers
accompanying the boat for about half an hour.

CONDITIONS: Departed 0605 reaching the shelf break at 0835 continued on to
38  37' S 141 06' E (Further west than normal) before turning about at 1245.
Docked at 1520. Flat sometimes glassy sea on a 2-4 m swell. Wind: nil to 5
knot South-easterly. Cloud cover patchy breaking up to be mostly sunny in
the afternoon.

THOSE ON BOARD: Mike Carter, Rohan Clarke, Neil Macumber, George Appleby,
Murray Grant, Bob Hughes, Mel Linton, Les Thyer, Ted and Pam McGrath,
Michael Sturmfels and Ken.

Black-browed Albatross 20 (10) (2 impavida)
Yellow-nosed Albatross 8 (5)
Shy Albatross 30 (20)
Great-winged Petrel 50 (50) (30 gouldii)
Flesh-footed Shearwater 150 (120)
Sooty Shearwater 1
Short-tailed Shearwater 75 (25)
Huttons Shearwater 1
Fluttering type Shearwater sp? 5
Australian Gannet 120 + 8000 at Lawrence Rocks
Black-faced Cormorant 50 (50) at Lawrence Rocks
Little Black Cormorant 1 at Lawrence Rocks (Possibly our first for LR)
Arctic Jaeger 1
Pomerine Jaeger 1
Silver Gull 40 at Lawrence Rocks
Crested Tern 12 (6)

Common dolphin 500-2000
Bottle-nosed Dolphin 6
Fur Seal Sp 4 

Contact Mike Carter on (03) 9787 7136 for details of upcoming trips

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