Wollongong NSW Pelagic Trip Reports 24th June 2000

Subject: Wollongong NSW Pelagic Trip Reports 24th June 2000
From: "P.J. Milburn" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 20:35:23 +1000

Report prepared by: P.J. Milburn
Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 6.30 pm.
Sea Conditions: Sea slight,  to 1 metre.  Swell to 1.5 metre, SE
Weather: Glorious sunshine all day.  Max. 18°C
Wind: Light around 10  South South West
Water temperature 16.8 to 18.7 degrees C.
Primary chumming location 34'31 - 151'22.


A wonderful late June day at sea, glorious weather and comfortable
conditions.  Not much joy for rarity hunters but our newcomers and overseas
visitors were treated to excellent views of many of our typical winter
birds.  A total of 12 albatross were banded and released.


A flock of 500+ prions the majority of which were ANTARCTIC PRION.

Birds recorded according to latest Environment Australia Reporting Schedule:

Species code:   Species name:   Numbers:

(Note: numbers in parenthesis = highest count at any one time)

937 Northern Giant Petrel  Macronectes halli 1
080 Cape Petrel Daption capense australe 2 (2)
971 Solander's Petrel Pterodroma solandri 8 (3)
083 Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur 120+ (50+)
084 ANTARCTIC PRION  P. desolata 600+ (500+)
942 SLENDER-BILLED PRION P. belcheri 1
068 Fluttering Shearwater Puffinus gavia 5 (1)
070 Sooty Shearwater P. griseus 1
071 Slender-billed Shearwater P. tenuirostris 1
846 ANTIPODEAN ALBATROSS Diomedea antipodensis 1
847 Gibson's Albatross D. gibsoni 15 (7)
088 Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys 40 (12)
859 Campbell Albatross T. impavida 11 (5)
091 Shy Albatross T. cauta 3 (1)
864 Indic Yellow-nosed Albatross T. carteri 100+ (50+)
063 Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus 2 (2)
104 Australasian Gannet Morus serrator 11 (3)
980 Brown Skua Catharacta lonnbergi 4 (3)
981 Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus 3 (3)
125 Silver Gull  L. novaehollandiae 220+ (45)
115 Crested Tern Sterna bergii 30+ (5)

In the harbour

106 Australian Pelican Pelicanus conspicillatus 3

21 species of seabird identified outside the breakwater.

Common Dolphin 50+
Sperm Whale  3

Future Trips,
All Pelagic Trips from NSW are operated at no profit to the organisers
being operated as group boat charters for the benefit of all who wish
to join us.  If you would like to join one of these  trips please  contact:

Either SOSSA or Carl Loves to make a booking on the SOSSA Wollongong
Pelagics which depart on the 4th Saturday of each month.

SOSSA: Phone 02 4271 6004.

Carl Loves Phone: 0427 423 500

Either Tony Palliser or Pete Milburn to make a booking for Sydney Pelagics,
which depart on the 2nd Saturday of each month..

Tony Palliser Ph; 02-99001678 (w), 02-94115272  (h)

Pete Milburn: Mobile 0416-249 506, 02-6255 1313 (AH) or 02-62494326 (BH)

Barbara Jones to make a booking for Eden Pelagics which are run on the 5th
Sunday of each month it occurs.

Barbara Jones or Ph (02) 6495 7390

Note: SOSSA = Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association

Dr.P.J. Milburn
Biomolecular Resource Facility
The Australian National University
GPO Box 334 Canberra ACT 0200  AUSTRALIA
Phone No.  <61> <2> 6249 4326
Fax No.    <61> <2> 6249 4326
E-mail Address  

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