Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 8th September 2001

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Subject: Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 8th September 2001
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Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 02:10:26 +1000
Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 8th September 2001

Departed 7.15am and returned approx 2.30pm,  NE winds to 25 knots more
Westerly in the afternoon.  Swell 2 Metres, fine.  Ocean Temperature not
measured but locals inform that sea temp is very warm for this time of year,
particularly beyond the shelf.  Primary chumming location S 33.57' - E

Somewhat choppy conditions, but a pleasant day, which turned out to be
particularly rewarding due to Hal's chumming skills. The day started
with a handful of Fluttering shearwaters and a few Wedge-tailed Shearwaters
just outside the heads. A Wandering Albatross made a brief appearance in
the distance but the real highlight was a very confiding juvenile Grey-headed
Albatross. Also of interest was a first year Arctic Tern this bird was
not seen well but the upperparts, short black bill, lack of a carpel bar and the white tail
and rump strongly suggests this species. Very low numbers of Albatross,
and no Cape Petrels or Giant Petrels being unusual for this time of year.

Those on Board:
Akio Ishikawa, Mark Shorten, Warwick Pickwell, Wayne Gochenour, Peter
Nijhuis, Matt Hughes, Colin Scouler, Nigel Hartley, Anne Murray, Len
Murray, Wolfgang Bindl, Neil Broekhuisen, Ted Nixon, Bai Hensen, Brendon
Sykes, Adrian O'Neil, Penny Evans, Paul Johnston and Tony Palliser.

Species code: Species name: Numbers:
(Note: numbers in parenthesis = highest count at any one time)

971 Providence Petrel  7-10+ (2+)
083 Fairy Prion  3 (1)
068 Fluttering Shearwater  20+ (10+)
913 Hutton's Shearwater  2 (1)
000 Fluttering/ Huttons Type unidentified 20+
068 Wedge-tailed Shearwater  200+ (100+)
072 Flesh-footed Shearwater 2 (1)
847 Wandering Albatross  1 (stage 4 probably gibsoni)
088 Black-browed Albatross  3 (1)
091 Shy Albatross  1
864 Yellow-nosed Albatross  26 (6)
090 GREY-HEADED ALBATROSS 1 (1st year bird)
065 White-faced Storm-Petrel  1
104 Australasian Gannet  22 (17)
980 Brown Skua  4 (2)
981 Kelp Gull  3 (3)
125 Silver Gull   100+ (50+)
952 ARCTIC TERN 1 (1st year bird)
115 Crested Tern  58 (35)

In the harbour
106 Australian Pelican  4
Great Cormorant 1

Fur Seal 1
Whale Sp - Possibly Hump-backed Whale 1-2

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.

To make a booking on the SOSSA Wollongong Pelagics which depart on the
4th Saturday of each month contact
SOSSA: Phone 02 4271 6004. Email:

To make a booking for Sydney Pelagics,which depart on the 2nd Saturday
of each month contact Tony Palliser Ph; 02-94911678 (w),
02-94115272&nbsp; (h)  Email:
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