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> Subject: Yesterday's Southport Sea Excursion
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> This is a resend - apologies if the previous version came through - so far two
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> I went on my fifth pelagic trip yesterday and came back with five ticks for my
> collection. Paul Walbridge noted that it was the first pelagic trip for the
> year with significant weather, and so while we saw few boats outside of the
> we saw lots of birds.
> In particular, we came across quite a few wheeling and dealing scenes, where
> shearwaters and petrels were engaging in serious horse-trading. We were in
> "Floreat Two" - a cat driven from the top deck, so we didn't have any problems
> getting the boat stopped any time someone called out "prion".
> The first bird of significance for me was a 'barbie skewer' who kindly
> the white patch on its primaries. We then had good views of 'hutton's footy
> franks'. We actually saw quite a few hutton's - they seemed to be as common
> the 'wedgies' and their stubby flight pattern reminded me of 'oz greeblies'.
> We were then treated to a series of visitations by a 'pied petrel' - which
> displayed its characteristic swiss cheese pattern nicely for Dave Stewart's
> camera. It was one of the few birds that flew in to take the 'bird bait'
> out the back of the boat.
> We were also joined by a 'black-browed beauty'. It was my first good view of
> greater glider, and it circled the boat most majestically without so much of a
> twist of its wings. It popped in a couple of times, and at one stage it was
> the same field of view as the 'pied petrel'.
> I then made the mistake of taking a supplementary motion-sickness pill [on a
> relatively empty stomach] and so brought up the water I had been drinking just
> as we were releasing an immature 'southern tubenose'. I'd had a good look at
> the greenish point of its bill as it was being loaded onto the boat, and it
> seem to be floating most confidently when plonked out the back of the boat.
> The final tick of the day was a 'wandering star', which came gliding through
> had Dave, Paul and Andrew debating the subject of race. Apparently it wasn't
> the largest specimen they had seen.
> On the social front, I got to meet Richard Johnson - another Birding-Oz
> correspondent [its amazing how many B-Oz people you meet on these pelagic
> trips]. Richard was down from Roma for his first pelagic trip, and indicated
> that he had picked up seven ticks for the day.
> The joys of seeing new birds eh?
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