Black Petrels in New South Wales

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Subject: Black Petrels in New South Wales
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 11:05:51 +1000
A number of contributors have commented about the status in Australian waters and one commentator suggested that as there had only been 4 reports of Black Petrels in the Birding Aust Archives since mid 2000, that that would indicate that the bird was pretty rare. However, Birding-aus is not the only place where people report records of unusual and or rare birds so that one cannot draw too many conclusions from such a sorce..
For the ten year period 1991-2000, the following number of Black Petrels were reported from NSW as recorded in the NSW Bird Reports, published by the NSW Field Ornithlogists Club (now Birding NSW), all seen offshore on pelagic trips.
1991    1 Wollongong Nov
1992    1 Wollongong Nov
1993    no reports
1994    1 Wollongong Nov
1995    none
1996    8+ Sydney-Wollongong Oct-Nov
1997    8 Sydney Nov-Dec
1998    9 Sydney-Wollongong Oct-Dec
1999    24+ Sydney, Wollongong, Narooma, Batemans Bay & Eden Jan, Nov-Dec
2000    3+ Norah Head & Batemans Bay Jan & Nov, (Note that the compiling of records for                 2000 is not complete).
55+ in 10 years.
Black Petrels have subsequently been reported in 2001 & 2002 from the Swansea, Sydney, Wollongong and Eden trips, and possibly others too.
Alan Morris
Editor, New South Wales Bird Report
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