Brown Booby seen during short seawatch, Long Reef, Sydney

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Subject: Brown Booby seen during short seawatch, Long Reef, Sydney
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 09:23:26 +1000
Hi all
a shortish seawatch this morning (Sunday 24 May, 6:45-8:15 am) at Long Reef produced a single adult Brown Booby in with lots of Gannets passing south. I got a great view of the chocolate brown head and the hood with the contrasting pale bill and the clean break to the white breast, and then the brown back as it flew off southwards, which ruled out juvenile gannet. There was also 1 Shy Albatross close in, plus many Black Browed and 1 or 2 identifiable Yellow Nosed and 1 possible Wanderer (a long way out). The whole rock platform except for the very tip was inundated with the very high tide and surging water, but at the end there was a "loaf" comprising Crested and White Fronted terns. Many of the smaller waders (RN Stints, Turnstones) had come off the rocks, presumably due to the rough conditions, and were on the north end of Long Reef Beach, but were not having a very restful time due to walkers, joggers etc.
Also a Peregrine passed northwards.
Tom Wilson


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