Not too much happening off Bribie Island, 70km north of Brisbane QLD in the
past couple of days, except for small groups of Short-tailed Shearwaters
(presumably young non-breeders) heading south, and even smaller groups of
White-winged Black Terns heading north. Five Whiskered Terns in nearby
Caboolture today was unusual.
Several folk have asked me to report when I see Broad-billed Sandpiper again
this year - nothing yet, I'm afraid (although I've not visited Toorbul
And several folk have asked me to elaborate on my cryptic comment of about a
month ago - "off to see a Light-mantled Sooty Albatross". In fact I went on
a pelagic trip from Cape Town to the Prince Edward Islands and on to the
Antarctic pack ice. Without going into all the trip details, here's my
first shot at a species list - something to feel cool about in this
Queensland November heat. Those marked with (*) were only seen around the
Cape after the pelagic trip.
Penguins: King, Emperor, Gentoo, Adelie, Chinstrap, Macaroni, Rockhopper,
Albatrosses: Wandering (Snowy), Southern Royal, Northern Royal,
Black-browed, Shy (White-capped), Salvin's, Grey-headed, Atlantic
Yellow-nosed, Indian Yellow-nosed, Sooty, Light-mantled Sooty.
Petrels: Southern Giant, Northern Giant, Antarctic, Pintado (Cape), Snow,
White-headed, Great-winged, Soft-plumaged (Atlantic and Indian),
White-chinned, Atlantic, Kerguelen, Blue, Grey, Southern Fulmar.
Prions: Salvin's, Antarctic, Slender-billed, Fairy.
Shearwaters: Cory's (Atlantic and Mediterranean), Great, Sooty, Manx,
Diving Petrels: Common, South Georgian.
Storm Petrels: Wilson's, Grey-backed, Black-bellied, Leach's.
Cormorants: Crozet, Cape, Bank (*), Crowned, White-breasted, Reed (*).
Skuas: Sub-antarctic, Tristan, Pomarine, Arctic, Long-tailed.
Gulls: Cape, Kelp, Hartlaub's, Grey-headed (*), Sabine's.
Terns: Crested, Sandwich, Caspian (*), White-winged Black (*), Common,
Arctic, Antarctic, Kerguelen, Little (*), Damara (*).
Cheers - Trevor.
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