|Subject:||Newcastle, NSW, Australia Pelagic trip report 6 Sept 2003|
|From:||richard baxter <>|
|Date:||Tue, 16 Sep 2003 17:30:11 -0700 (PDT)|
Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Pelagic Report SATURDAY 6th September 2003.
Departed 6.10am ? Returned 4pm.
Seas ? nearly flat
Winds ? light and variable
Primary Chumming Location: 75km offshore
Those on board: Phil Hansbro, Richard Baxter, Gaeton Amodeo, Paddy Lightfoot, Daniel Mantle, John Reidy, Robert McDonald, Dick Jenkin, Alan Stuart, Matt Hughes, Maddie Hughes and Colin Scouler.
A very pleasant day at sea. Winter has been over for 6 days and spring was certainly here today. The sea was flat, the wind was light, the sun shone all day and it was sun-cream, t-shirts and shorts weather. We departed Swansea at 6.10am with a full boat and a few first timers. After a few Km?s we saw large numbers of Hutton?s Shearwater and a few Australasian Gannet. We continued east and after about 1.5hrs came across a large flock of feeding gannets with a lone Wedge-tailed Shearwater amongst them.
We stopped 75km offshore and began to chum. Birds continued to come into the boat for about 1.5hrs and then the wind dropped and the birds sat on the water. At one stage we had 9 different races of albatross around the boat. After an hour of waiting we decided to start to head back to the shelf to get the birds flying and maybe attract a few different species to the boat. We managed to attract a lone Cape Petrel and briefly saw a group of four Humpback Whales. We continued east for several Km?s stopping again to look at a two humbacks. These two humbacks swam around the boat for 30min giving all on board excellent views. Just prior to entering the harbour we slowed to photograph a flock of Hutton?s Shearwater. An excellent day at sea.
86 exulans ? 4
864 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross-50
984 Cape Petrel -1
75 Great-winged Petrel-2
971 Providence Petrel -50
69 Wedge-tailed Shearwater-500+
68 Fluttering Shearwater-10
913 Hutton?s Shearwater ?100+
72 Flesh Footed Shearwater -1
980 Great Skua -2
115 Crested Tern -10
The following Newcastle pelagic trips remain for 2003.
Oct 11, Oct 12, Oct 25, Oct 26th.
Newcastle Pelagic trips are conducted as non-profit outings.
Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! SiteBuilder - Free, easy-to-use web site design software
|<Prev in Thread]||Current Thread||[Next in Thread>|
|Previous by Date:||HBW Vol 8, Harry Clarke|
|Next by Date:||Nocturnal Song-Thrush, Brian Fleming|
|Previous by Thread:||Speckled Warblers in Brisbane mangroves, Craig Doolan|
|Next by Thread:||Nocturnal Song-Thrush, Brian Fleming|
|Indexes:||[Date] [Thread] [Top] [All Lists]|