Latest news from Macquarie Is

Subject: Latest news from Macquarie Is
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 12:26:40 -0000
Hi all,
Here are the interesting bird sightings over the past month on Macquarie Island.
Rohan Clarke

Bird sightings 2nd January – 2nd February 2003


Chinstrap Penguin One seen and photographed on 21/1 on the rock platform at the end of the Sandy Bay Isthmus. In company with many royal penguins. At the time of the sighting the bird was not moulting (RHC).


Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora epomophora One off Goat Bay on 23/1 (RHC).


Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora sanfordi One off Tottan Head on the 5/1 (RHC).


Shy Albatross Diomedia cauta cauta/steadi Small numbers (ones and twos) seen regularly during the past month (RHC).


Shy Albatross Diomedia cauta salvini A single individual of the race salvini off Goat Bay on the 9/1 (RHC).


Cape Petrel Daption capense Very few records at this time of year. A single bird off Aurora Pt on 11/1 (MS). One off Hurd Point 13/1(RHC). One beachwashed at Bauer Bay on 20/1 (MS). Singles off North Head 22/1, 27/1 and 1/2 (RHC).


White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aquinoctialis Single individuals off Goat Bay on the 9/1 and 16/1 (RHC).


Mottled Petrel Pterodroma inexpectata one beachwashed at Eagle Bay 13/1 (MS). Singles off Morgue Bay on 8/1 and Tottan Head on 18/1 (RHC). One beachwashed at Bauer Bay on 20/1 (MS). High count of 25 off Goat Bay on the 22/1 (RHC).


Blue Petrel Halobaena caerulea the remains of 12 around a Skua nest behind Douglas Point on 9/1 (MS).


Slender-billed Prion Pachyptila belcheri remains of one near a Skua nest behind Douglas Point on 9/1 (MS). One seen well off Goat Bay on 1st/2 in company with Antarctic Prions (RHC).


Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis One beachwashed at Bauer Bay on 20/1 (MS).Occasional birds seen out at sea (RHC).


Wilson’s Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus 2 feeding around Killer Whale kill off Brothers Point on the 5/1 (MS). Singles on 16/1 and 22/1 off North Head (RHC).


Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris One freshly beachwashed at Cormorant Pt on 9/1 (MS). One off Goat Bay on 22/1 and another on the 24/1 (RHC)


Diving Petrel spp. Pelecanoides spp. Single individuals off Goat Bay on the 9/1 and 1st/2 and another off Garden Cove on 29/1 (RHC).


Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica A single bird seen on the beach at Cormorant Point on the 10-11/1 (MS)


White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus Three birds seen at 1130 flying low over Tottan Head (North Head) on the 10/1. By 1430 the flock had increased to five individuals. Photographs of these birds have been placed in the Biology Log Book. Since this date 1-3 birds were seen almost daily on the East coast between Red River and North Head (RHC, MS and others). Last birds were seen in Garden Cove on 24/1.


MS = Martin Schultz, RHC = Rohan Clarke


Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136
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