SYDNEY NSW PELAGIC TRIP REPORT -
11TH NOVEMBER 2000
A very pleasant November trip with most of the
birds expected for this time of the year in evidence. The north-easterlies,
which had been blowing for several days, gave some expectation that northern
vagrants might show up, but the only 'tropical' species seen were two Sooty
Terns which did not pause near the Halicat as they flew steadily north. The
highlight of the day was extremely good views of two White-chinned Petrels (or,
possibly, the same bird returning for a second fly-past) which came close to the
boat but did not stay around to feed. In fact, in stark contrast to the
Wollongong trip two weeks ago, it proved very difficult to attract any birds at
all to the boat - they just didn't seem to be hungry.
The many overseas visitors on the Halicat were
delighted to have good views of two Hump-backed Whales on the way out to the
Shelf, a large Sunfish was closely studied by all, and a pod of about 30 Common
Dolphins rode in our bow-wave as we neared Sydney Heads on the return
Partly cloudy with a 10-15 knot north-east breeze
which abated to 5 knots in the afternoon.
Water temperature was 19.7deg.
Swell of 1-2 metres with a 1metre sea
Reached 26NM east of Sydney Heads.
Departed at 07.10 and returned at
THOSE ON BOARD:
Oversea visitors were from Germany, USA, Ireland,
UK, and Switzerland.
PETREL 2 (1)
Shearwater 40 (5)