SYDNEY NSW Pelagic Trip Report -8th December 2001

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Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 22:24:43 +1100
SYDNEY NSW Pelagic Trip Report -8th December 2001


A rather uncomfortable trip for most (including myself regretfully) reach
the shelf some 23 NM from Sydney heads just as the winds and seas began to
pick up.  Not much in the way of unusual species. Highlights included 2
'gibson' type Wandering Albatross a young Black-browed Albatross and 5 of
Wilson's and White-faced Storm Petrel and a few Sooty Terns.  In spite of
the windy overcast conditions I did manage to sneak in a few shots of a
White-faced Storm Petrel and a few Pomarine Jaegers. (photos can be viewed
at and


Water temperature was 20.9deg on the shelf.
Swell around 2 metres
Reached 23NM east of Sydney Heads.
Departed at 07.15 and returned at 14.00.


005...Little Penguin 1
847...Wandering Albatross 2 (probably gibsoni)
088...Black-browed Albatross - 1 Juv
073...Great-winged Petrel 30+
069...Wedge-tailed Shearwater  100+
071...Short-tailed Shearwater 25
070...Sooty Shearwater  4
072...Flesh-footed Shearwater  5
068...Fluttering Shearwater  1
913...Hutton's Shearwater   1
065...White-faced Storm Petrel 5
063...Wilson's Storm Petrel 5
945...Pomarine Jaeger  15
128...Arctic Jaeger 1
xxx...Great Skua 1 POSSIBLE sighting?
125...Silver Gull  20+
115...Crested Tern 9-10
120...Sooty Tern 15

953...Common Tern 120+
097...Little Black Cormorant 1
099...Pied Cormorant  1
106...Australian Pelican  6


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