EAGLEHAWK NECK BOAT TRIP - 21 September 2003
GROUP: Barry Bucholtz, Lisa and Peter Cockram, Allan and Rob Benson,
Ian and Tess Fletcher, Chris and Rosemary Lester, Jann and
Ross Mulholland, Colin Rogers, Bill Wakefield, David Webb.
VESSEL/SKIPPER: Pauletta / John Males, with Michael Males.
WEATHER: Cloudy through most of the day with a shower on the way home.
Moderate NE wind of 15 knots early then freshening to 25
knots at the second stop. Change at lunch-time with a 30-35
knot W wind on the way back.
SEA: Initially, choppy sea of 1.5 m with swell of 1 m in the
morning. At second stop, choppy sea of 2 m with 1 m swell.
At third stop, 2 m chop with 1.5 m swell.
ACTIVITY: Sailed 07.25. Headed ENE from Pirates Bay in to the NE chop,
passing the two Grey Fantails, to the first stop at 09.30 at
42(superscript: o) 59.3'S 148(superscript: o) 16.0'E, nearly
1 nm past the shelf in 140 fathoms with water temperature at
11.7(superscript: o) C. We saw White-headed Petrel and had
two sightings of Southern Fulmar as we circled the berley
trail for 1.5 hours. Continued further out until 11.30
Stopped at 3.5 nm past the shelf in 550 fathoms (12.3
(superscript: o )C) at 43(superscript: o) 01.6'S 148
(superscript: o) 18.3'E. Another sighting of Southern Fulmar
and the Grey Petrel here again as we circled the berley trail
- we kept moving as it was too choppy to stop. The third and
last stop was at 12.30 at 43(superscript: o) 03.5'S 148
(superscript: o) 14.7'E in 120 fathoms (12.0(superscript: o)
C). Travelled in early against the W chop without stopping
and docked at approx 14.30.
ANIMALS: One unidentified dolphin.
BIRDS: Good numbers of birds with a good diversity. The highlights
of the day were three sightings of Southern Fulmar and the
Grey Petrel, which we found sitting on the water.
>From the boat:
Common Diving-Petrel 10 (1).
Southern Giant-Petrel 1.
Northern Giant-Petrel 4 (3).
SOUTHERN FULMAR 3 (1).
Cape Petrel 30 (7).
Great-winged Petrel 50 (18).
WHITE-HEADED PETREL 3 (1).
Fairy Prion 100 (25).
White-chinned Petrel 2 (2).
GREY PETREL 1.
Sooty Shearwater 1.
Short-tailed Shearwater 100 (30).
Wandering Albatross 8 (4).
Royal Albatross 3 (3). 1 Northern RA and 2 Southern RA.
Black browed Albatross 3 (1).
Shy Albatross 50 (20). 1 race salvini
Yellow-nosed Albatross 30 (7).
Buller's Albatross 2 (1)
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel 8 (1).
Australasian Gannet 11 (8).
Black-faced Cormorant 15. In Pirates Bay.
Sooty Oystercatcher 1. Inshore
Pacific Gull 5. In Pirates Bay
Kelp Gull 17. In Pirates Bay, except for 2 just outside.
Silver Gull 31. In Pirates Bay
Crested Tern 10 (3).
White-fronted Tern 10 (5).
Grey Fantail 2 (1). Both several nautical miles out heading west to
Final 2003 Trip: 23 November.
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