sea-watch, Nora Head, CC, NSW

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Subject: sea-watch, Nora Head, CC, NSW
From: "Robert Quinan" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 10:59:35 +1000
Hi all.
Did a couple of hours sea-watching from Nora Head on the Central Coast of NSW yesterday.  Realised for the hundredth time that I need to get a decent scope but I managed to ID some seabirds.
Lots of Prions feeding, some of which came in close to give me good views.  Have no experience with these birds but from the pale head and face pattern and prominent black on the tail I'm fairly sure they were Fairy Prions.  None that I got a look at seemed to be different, although I thought there was some variation in size.  I don't know if FP show much size variation.
There were some Albatross out too far to ID except for 4 which came in closer.  These were 2 each of Black-browed and Yellow-nosed.
Got a really good look at a Fluttering Shearwater.  There were some going past.  I'm pretty sure there were a few Hutton's in amongst them.
Half a dozen White-fronted Terns as well.  Some beautiful adult Gannets and a few Immatures were a nice sight.
A good start to my winter sea-watching. Can't wait till I get a new scope and can see these birds better. 
Robert Quinan
Central Coast, NSW, Aust.
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