GROUP ; Self, Geoff. Walker [sender], Neil Macumber, Rob.
Farnes, Harry Zawacke, Tom Smith, Tadao Shimba, Peter Crabtree, Peter Hermans,
Richard Purcell, Rob & Gail Berry.
VESSEL ; Michael J IV
WEATHER ; Partly cloudy,[5/8 cover], sunny periods especially
beyond the shelf. Cool. Light NW breeze c. 5knots at first, calm at shelf,
light E inshore late PM. SEA.-Almost flat in bay, sloppy sea on 2-4m swell
going out but settling in PM on lower swell.
ACTIVITY ; Sailed 07.35, Docked 16.15 [Sunrise
07.50]. Passed Lawence Rocks [LR] at 0805 & headed out
Paused for MINKE WHALE at 08.30 [5NM SW of LR], Speed
13knots. Crossed shelf break [100fathoms] at 10.10 and berleyed in
160fathoms till 10.55. Moved out deeper & berleyed again
11.40-12.30 at 200fathoms after we joined one of three trawlers .
Headed out to 300fathoms & berleyed 13.00 to 13.20.
Headed in at 13.20 speeding up at 13.50. Reached LR at
15.45 where we paused watching Skuas. Berleyed with Shark
ANIMALS ; MINKE WHALE, SEALS,
1pelagic, 2offshore & inshore.
BIRDS; Good diversity [23sp.] &
Little Penguin 3  1pelagic, 1bay,
Northern Giant Petrel 2  1pelagic, 1 bay @
Cape Petrel 15  All pelagic. None at first
Great-winged Petrel 6  All nominate race,
Antarctic Prion 1offshore. Large size, dark
head & collar, long tail but passed quickly.
Slender-billed Prion. 1pelagic. Good close views.
Pale, tiny black tip upper tail & all ID points seen.
Fairy Prion 110  80pelagic, 20offshore, 10inshore
[mostlyPM] Whilst moving, ID assumed.
Sooty Shearwater 1pelagic
Short-tailed Shearwater 1 in the
Wandering Albatross 4pelagic, 1 antipodensis
st, 1st , 1st, 1st 3/4 Photos.
Black-browed Albatross 430  420 nom. race; 10
inpasida. 5bay, 11inshore. 14offshore, 400pelagic. 390adults, 35sub-ad,
Shy Albatross 155  2inshore, 3offshore,
150pelagic. 120adults, 30sub-ad., 5 juv.
Grey-headed Albatross 1pelagic. Initially followed in to
offshore zone. 2-3 years old.
Yellow-nosed Albatross 5  1inshore, 4 pelagic.
4adults, 1 juv.
Sooty Albatross 1adult. Pelagic. To within 10M
passing over boat.
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross 1pelagic. 2-300M
from boat. Visible for about 1minute
Wilson's Storm-petrel 3  pelagic.
Grey-backed Storm-petrel. 60  pelagic, Perhaps
Australasian Gannet c.5000 Most on LR, 5inshore,
3offshore, 1pelagic. None Feeding.
Great Skua 5 harrassing Gannets at LR.
Silver Gull 12 4bay, 8
Pacific Gull 1 in harbour
Crested Tern 5 4bay, 1pelagic, Others in
White-fronted Tern 3 2offshore,
Black-faced Cormorant 8 on LR