Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel off Broome

To: <>
Subject: Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel off Broome
From: "Neil Broekhuizen" <>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 19:50:26 +1000

I recently took a fishing charter to the Rowley Shoals, between 18th and 26th August 2005.  The Rowley Shoals are approximately 200 miles West of Broome in the Indian Ocean and are a collection of three magnificent coral reefs approximately 20 miles apart.  Each is around 5 miles across and each has a small sand cay in the middle of their lagoons.  We were hosted on the magnificent Oceaneer, an 80’ custom built cruiser.  The fishing was the main event but I kept an eye out for seabirds.  There were very few around, despite enormous amounts of fish.  There were handfuls of crested terns, a few nesting Red-Tailed Tropicbirds on Clerke Reef (approx 40), one White-Tailed Tropicbird and some Ruddy Turnstones.  Around Clerke Reef however there were a few Matsudaira’s Storm-Petrels.  We were there for 2 days.  First day I saw a couple of isolated birds including one inside the lagoon.  On the second day we moved to Imperieuse Reef and 3 followed us off the back of the boat for a few miles.  We spent the following 3 days at Imperieuse where again there was little bird life although there were plenty of Hump Backed Whales.  On the last day I did however see a White Faced Storm-Petrel which seems to be unusual in NW Australian waters according to HANZAB and all other guide books.  They are of course common off Sydney where I regularly see them.


The day before we left for the Shoals I went birding with George Swann which, as ever, was very enjoyable.  Apart from vast numbers of shore birds in Roebuck Bay, the highlights for me were a large flock of Yellow Chats on Roebuck Plains (various plumage including a number of very yellow males) and a couple of Long-toed Stints at a freshwater lagoon near Broome.  If anyone is in Broome for a short visit I would highly recommend George to show you around.


Neil Broekhuizen


<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Matsudaira's Storm-Petrel off Broome, Neil Broekhuizen <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU