Eaglehawk Neck (Tasmania) Pelagic - 23 November 2003

Subject: Eaglehawk Neck (Tasmania) Pelagic - 23 November 2003
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2003 09:58:05 +1100


GROUP:            Anne Booth, Peter and Hazel Britton, Geoff Bromfield,
   Barry Bucholtz, Stuart Hull, Gil Langfield, Chris and Rosemary Lester,
   Frank O'Connor,                  Allan Poynter, Colin Rogers, John
   Rogers, Bill Wakefield.
VESSEL/SKIPPER:   Pauletta / John Males with Michael Males.
WEATHER:          Cloudy, cool early with occasional very light rain in the
   afternoon.  S wind of 15-20 knots early reducing to 10-12 knots from the
   S in the afternoon.
SEA:              Choppy sea of 1 m with initial swell of 1 m in the
   morning.  In the afternoon, only very slight chop with swell of 1 m.
ACTIVITY:         Sailed 07.25.  Headed E from Pirates Bay a bit past the
   shelf.  Very quiet on the way out except for moderate numbers of
   Short-tailed Shearwaters.                    Berleyed from 08.50 at the
   first stop about 14 nm out from Pirates Bay at 43(superscript: o) 01.7'S
   148(superscript: o)14.0'E in 124 fathoms with water temperature at 13.3
   (superscript: o) C.  Lots of                 Short-tailed Shearwaters
   here.  The numbers of other birds steadily built up with many
   White-chinned Petrels.  Drifted 1.5 nm NE until 10.20 and all the
      Pterodroma Petrels turned up here as we drifted.  Then continued SE
   and stopped at 11.50 in 350 fathoms (13.2(superscript: o) C) at 43
   (superscript: o) 03.0'S 148(superscript: o) 14.6'E. Drifted
   another 1 and a bit nm N until 13.00.  All the Pterodroma Petrels turned
   up here too as well as the Black-bellied Storm-Petrel.  Travelled in via
   the                  Hippolytes and docked a bit after 15.30.
MAMMALS:          Australian Fur-Seals at the Hippolytes.
BIRDS:            An excellent day with a large number of birds and
   exceptional diversity after a quiet start.  The highlights of the day
   were the good numbers of               Pterodroma petrels - MOTTLED,
   was also a                       highlight along with the LONG-TAILED
   JAEGERS and the Great Skuas.  We had good views of all birds except
   perhaps the Arctic Jaeger as all                   approached quite
   close to the boat at one time or another.  The species observed were
   very similar to last November with a few additional ones.

Little Penguin                            20 (20).
Southern Giant-Petrel                     2 (1).
Northern Giant-Petrel                     4 (2).
Cape Petrel                         2 (1).
Great-winged Petrel                       6 (2).
WHITE-HEADED PETREL                 5 (1).
MOTTLED PETREL                      4 (1).
GOULD'S PETREL                      8 (1).
Fairy Prion                         5 (3).
White-chinned Petrel                      100 (30).
Sooty Shearwater                    3 (1).
Short-tailed Shearwater                   10,000 (2,000).
Wandering Albatross                       10 (5).
Royal Albatross                           2 (1). Both Southern RA.
Black browed Albatross                    3 (2). 1 impavida
Shy Albatross                             100 (25).
Yellow-nosed Albatross                    6 (1).
Wilson's Storm-Petrel                     10 (4).
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel                  2 (1).
Australasian Gannet                       16. 10 pelagic and 6 at the
Black-faced Cormorant                     400. At the Hippolytes and
Great Skua                          2 (2).
Arctic Jaeger                             1.
LONG-TAILED JAEGER                  2 (1).
Pacific Gull                              2. In Pirates Bay.
Kelp Gull                           42. 20 at the Hippolytes and 22
Silver Gull                         60. 50 at the Hippolytes and 10
Crested Tern                              3 (2).

2004 Trips:  22 February, 19 September and 21 November.

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