Sydney Pelagic Trip Report 12th January 2003

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Subject: Sydney Pelagic Trip Report 12th January 2003
From: "Tony Palliser" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 16:24:45 +1100
Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 12th January 2003

Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 3.00 pm.
Sea Conditions: 2m on 1-2m swell.
Weather: Mainly Overcast
Wind: winds 20-25 Knots
Water temperature 24.4 degrees C on the shelf
Stopped at 34 00' x 151 30'

Those on board,
Iain Robson, Grant Penrhyn, Jo Wieneke, Peter Marsh, Bob Hansen, Daan
Sandee, Noel Mann, Ken Wilson, Sam Eiley, Brian Fletcher, Alan Rogers, Bill
McLean, Neil Broekhuizen and Tony Palliser

As is often the case with January Trips there were lots of Shearwaters and
Great-winged Petrels.  Generally though the variety of species was less than
expected.  Highlighted included Gould's Petrel and Buller's Shearwater.

(Note: numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)

073 Great-winged Petrel 150-200+ (100+)
078 Gould's Petrel 2-3
068 Fluttering Shearwater 10
000 Flesh-footed Shearwater 10-15
075 Buller's Shearwater 1
069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater 50-60
071 Short-tailed Shearwater 2
084 Wilson's Storm Petrel 4-8
089 White-faced Storm Petrel 5
110 Common Tern 5-10 in the harbour
115 Crested Tern 10+ (7)
125 Silver Gull 50+ mostly in the harbour
129 Pomarine Jaeger 8  (5 in the harbour)
128 Arctic Jaeger 3
129 Long-taile Jaeger?  a distant bird that may have been this sp
099 Pied Cormorant 2
106 Australian Pelican 4


Future Trips,
All Pelagic Trips from NSW are operated at no profit to the organisers
being operated as group boat charters for the benefit of all who wish to

Sydney Pelagics depart on the 2nd Saturday of each month, Wollongong
Pelagics depart on the 4th Saturday of each month
Please contact either Tony Palliser for info on future Sydney trips
or Pete Milburn for info on future Wollongong Trips

Tony Palliser Ph; 02-99001678, 02-94115272 or 0416-095875.

Pete Milburn: Ph; 02-62551313 or 02-62494326 or 0416-249506.

Note: trips may also be organized periodically from Eden and Newcastle.

Tony Palliser

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