Today, was probably what we could consider an
average day of seawatching. Seas were relatively calm, mainly light winds from
the south-west (tending southerly around noon) and most of the birds were quite
far out apart from a few Fluttering Shearwaters, the occassional Albatross and
the usual Terns and Gulls close to shore. Myself, Rod Gardner, Lorne Johnson and
David Koffel saw 20 plus Black-browed, atleast 2-3
Yellow-nosed and 1 Wandering Albatross, a
white-phase Southern Giant Petrel (well spotted by David), a
couple of distant Prion species, around 100 Fluttering
Shearwaters, an Antarctic Skua, 2 Imm./sub-adult
Kelp Gulls, about 3 White-fronted Terns and
some Australasian Gannets. We heard the usual
Fairy Penguin(s) below near the rocks and saw a
Peregrine Falcon and 2 Australian Kestrels
near the cliffs. A bonus was seeing 3 Humpback
Whales atleast 2 km out at sea just after noon. Rod informed us
that he had also seen early this morning a Common Diving Petrel
aswell as some Humpback and some Pilot Whales off
Mistral Pt (which is a little north of Magic Pt).
For those who do not know where is Magic Pt at
Maroubra, it is around 5-10 km SE of the Sydney CBD.
All in all it was still worth getting out of bed
for and good to be beside the seaside.
PS Did anyway have any success in their seawatching