Eden (NSW) Pelagic 30 Sept 2001

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Subject: Eden (NSW) Pelagic 30 Sept 2001
From: Barbara Jones <>
Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 17:21:10 +1000
Eden (NSW) Pelagic Report. Sunday September 30, 2001
Information supplied by David Webb.

Weather started out clear and fine 10-15 kt wind from the NE
strengthening as the day progressed to 20-30 Kts becoming heavily
overcast c20C. Seas to 1m inshore rising to 2.5-3.5m offshore.
Uncomfortable for some from mid morning on with two falling to

Sailed at 08 00 heading ENE, 20 or so Wedge-tailed Shearwaters followed
us out. Passed many groups of Short-tailed Shearwaters heading south,
and a group of Common Dolphins joined us for a short time, otherwise
little seen until we reached the 90 fathom mark just short of the shelf
break. Activity picked up here as we stopped to berley in a controlled
drift over the shelf (36 57 69S 150 17 94E) until gusty winds and rising
seas turned us around. Stopped agian briefly to berley (37 02 37S 150 14
03E) when a White-headed Petrel gave us the once over. Docked at 15 45
after having spent 15 minutes watching 2 Humpback Whales in the bay. 

An interesting day with plenty to see, no great numbers or rarities. 

On board: David Webb, Ian Bailey, John and Meg Gordon, Graham and Jenny
Greenwood, Ross Fackerell, Christine Proctor and family of four with new
skipper John Smith and decky Craig. 

Species with maximum seen at one time in brackets:
Southern Giant Petrel 2 (2)
Cape Petrel 4 (4)
Great-winged Petrel 20 (15)
White-headed Petrel 1 (1)
Providence Petrel 25 (1)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 20 (20)
Short-tailed Shearwater 100s (200)
Fluttering Shearwater 6 (3)
Wandering Albatross 1 (1)
Black-browed Albatross 4 (3)
Shy Albatross 1 (1)
Wilsons Storm Petrel 6 (3)
White-faced Storm Petrel 3 (2)
Australasian Gannet 15 (3)
Black-faced Cormorant 2 (1)
Great Cormorant 20 (5)
White-bellied Sea Eagle 3 in the bay
Pacific Gull 4 in the bay (1 adult 3 imm)
Silver Gull
Crested Tern

4 Humpback Whales
2 pods Common Dolphins
1 Australian Fur Seal

This was the last trip for 2001.  Far South Coast Birdwatchers thank all
who have enjoyed their trips and hope to see many return next year.
Enquiries to Barbara Jones at  or phone 02 6495 7390
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