Sunday June 9th 2002.
Early morning, and the "Pauletta" was still on her mooring in Pirate's Bay
due to a gale warning, No pelagic today. The Blowhole behind the warf
wasn't blowing but we let a bit of steam off.
Sean hadn't forgotten his telescope and was watching scores of Albatross
from the lookout nearby, reasonably close in, Shy, Yellow-nosed and
Black-browed he thought. Half a dozen fishing boats out there too. Hmmmm.
Perhaps the Westerlies of the past week had blown the surface water away
and allowed an upwelling inshore, there were flocks of black-backed birds
wheeling, only some were Kelp Gulls. Would have been a great day.
Also lost the chance to test new anti-seasickness exercises I'd been
doing for the past month.
Disappointed and desultory, we did see,twenty plus CAPE BARREN GEESE in a
roadside field on the south edge of Taranna, 10 min. south of Eaglehawk
Neck, wild but attracted by captive geese in the Tasmanian Devil farm over
HOODED PLOVERS on Roaring Beach, also BROWN (TASMANIAN) SCRUBWREN in the
scrub on the dunes behind the beach, FLAME ROBINS around tussocks at the
top of the beach itself, and up the road at "Windgrove".
BLACKFACED SHAGS next to the bridge over the canal at Dunalley.GREEN
ROSELLAS and YELLOW WATTLEBIRDS common in that vicinity, MUSK LORIKEETS.
CLINKING CURRAWONGS on road to Marion Bay, FOREST RAVENS all over.
Sea-eagles, Peregrine and Brown Falcons, a pair hovering.
FORTY-SPOTTED PARDALOTES at Blackmans Bay, very nondescript, took half an
hour of watching the same bird for a good diagnostic view, high in the
canopy of the largest E.viminalis at the carpark, several Spotted Pardalotes
in the same tree, did my neck in. In summer, Striated Pardalotes are
probably there as well. DUSKY ROBINS and BLACK-HEADED HONEYEATERS also
there, YELLOW-THROATED HONEYEATERS as well.
50km west of Sydney Harbour Bridge
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