Southport Pelagic 18th September.

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Subject: Southport Pelagic 18th September.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 07:06:49 +1000
Hi All, here is the Southport trip report for 18th September.

Location: Southport, Queensland.
Date: 18/9/2010
 Vessel: 37 ft Steber monohull M.V. Grinner.
 Crew: Craig Newton (skipper).
 Pax: Paul Walbridge (leader & organizer), Rob Morris, Des Jackson,
Brian Russell, Kevin Delahoy, Brett Taylor, Adam Abbott, Glen Pacey,
Brian Coates, David Stewart.

Weather conditions: A ridge extending over SE Queensland initially
brought moderate S-SE winds to the coast with increasing ocean swells.
By Saturday morning wind had eased off considerably and during the day
swung around to the west then NW by midday, barely reaching 10 knots.
Light cloud for most of the day increasing on approaching the coast,
visibility very good. Maximum air temp, 24* C, barometric pressure 1020

Sea conditions: On leaving the Seaway, calm seas on 1.5-2 metre swell
which increased on way out over the Shelf, averaging 3 metres with some
sets reaching 4-4.5 metres but with the calm conditions, some way apart.
Current out wide to 2 knots N-S, sea surface temps. 19.1*C at the
Seaway, 22.8* C at the Shelf-break and 23.4* C out wide.

Left the Southport Seaway at 0640 hrs and with the calm conditions
headed out at 10 knots to the *Rivieras*, 28 nm east of the Seaway.
Crossed the Shelf-break at approx. 0845 hrs and reached the drift point
at 0940 hrs and proceeded to drift until 1230 hrs, then headed for home.
Reached the Seaway at 1540 hrs, total duration of trip 9 hrs.
Shortly after leaving the Seaway two returning trawlers were
encountered with the majority of birds behind one vessel, however apart
from large numbers of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters there wasn*t much else.
A few birds turned up across the Shelf including the first Flesh-footed
Shearwater of the season plus the first Wilson*s Storm-Petrel of the
day. Sometime before crossing the Shelf-break the berley bag full of
shark liver was tossed over and towed and shortly after crossing into
Slope waters the first Providence Petrels started to appear in the
Reached the Rivieras at 0940 hrs and proceeded to throw berley over the
side and with little wind wasn*t expecting much to turn up quickly.
However it wasn*t too long before numbers of Providence Petrels began
to show and feed very close to the boat*s stern, quickly joined by
increasing numbers of Wilson*s Storm-Petrels, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters
and the odd Flesh-footed Shearwater. Just before 1030 hrs a Bridled Tern
showed up close to the vessel followed by two others a short time later,
this species surprisingly isn*t sighted very often off Southport,
unlike Sooty Tern. The next good bird for the day appeared in the form
of a lone Cape Petrel which hung around for an hour or so, squabbling
over *chum* with the now increasing numbers of Providence Petrels. A
Hutton*s Shearwater also appeared very close and gave the
photographers on board good opportunities for both flight and on the
water shots.
By 1230 hrs it was time to leave after drifting south some distance and
we headed for home. Twenty minutes later the boat ground to a halt as
the bird of the day, a dark phase Kermadec Petrel appeared with the
following petrels and shearwaters and circled the vessel for some
minutes. After that, not much else appeared as we were followed by
mostly Wedge-tailed Shearwaters most of the way back over the Shelf.
Wilson*s Storm-Petrel * 30 (10)
Cape Petrel * 1 (australe)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater * 333 (250)
Flesh-footed Shearwater * 10 (2)
Hutton*s Shearwater * 5 (2)
Kermadec Petrel * 1 (dark phase)
Providence Petrel * 127 (40)
Australasian Gannet * 14 (13)
Bridled Tern * 3 (2)
Sooty Tern * 1
Crested Tern * 31 (20)
Silver Gull * 31 (30)


Humpback Whale - 5
Offshore Bottlenose Dolphin - 4
 Next pelagic on 16th October. Contact Paul Walbridge on PH (W) 07 3139
4584  (H) 07 3256 4124

Cheers - Paul W.

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