Sydney Pelagic Report - December 14, 2002

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Subject: Sydney Pelagic Report - December 14, 2002
From: "Roger McGovern" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 17:18:17 +1100
A memorable pelagic trip, one of the best out of Sydney in a long time, and a pity that there were only 12 on board the Halicat to enjoy a great day. We departed Rose Bay at 7.00am, had an extended stop at a location 3NM east of Brown's Mountain, another at Brown's mountain, and returned to Rose Bay at 3.15pm. Conditions were excellent with a 10 knot north-easterly, 1 metre sea on a 1 metre swell, and a water temperature of 20.5degC.
Highlights of the day were an early arriving Buller's Shearwater, a similar early arriving Tahiti Petrel, no less than 3 GOULD'S PETRELS, a single COOK'S PETREL and a single SOFT-PLUMAGED PETREL. All of these birds gave excellent views except for the Soft-plumaged Petrel which was sighted at a range of 150 metres and then departed quickly.
The species list for the day was:
Great-winged Petrel                120  (40)
Providence Petrel                         8  (2)
TAHITI PETREL                             1  (1)
COOK'S PETREL                          1  (1)
GOULD'S PETREL                       3  (1)
BULLER'S SHEARWATER         1  (1)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater         60  (8)
Short-tailed Shearwater          100  (15)
Flesh-footed Shearwater             8  (3)
Fluttering Shearwater                 15  (5)
Wandering Albatross                    1  (1)
Black-browed Albatross               4  (1)
Yellow-nosed Albatross               3  (1)
Shy Albatross                                 7  (2)         (all White-capped)
Wilson's Storm-petrel                 10  (3)
White-faced Storm-petrel             6  (1)
Australasian Gannet                     1  (1)
Arctic Jaeger                                   4  (2)
Pomarine Jaeger                           4  (1)
Silver Gull                                      40  (20)
Common Tern                              20  (20)
Season's Greetings to all birding-aussers.
Roger McGovern
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