Southport Pelagic 30th October 2010.

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Subject: Southport Pelagic 30th October 2010.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2010 06:55:17 +1000
Hi All, here is Saturdays Southport Pelagic report.

Location: Southport, Qld.
Date: 30/10/10.
 Vessel: 37 ft Steber monohull.
 Crew: Craig Newton (skipper)
 Pax: Paul  Walbridge (leader & organizer), Brian Russell, Rob Morris,
Glen Pacey, Andrew Wood, Jan England,  Brian Coates, Richard Noske,
Stuart Warren, Chris Wiley, Chris Martinez.
Weather conditions: A high in the southern Tasman with a weakening
ridge over the east coast of Queenslandbrought light SE-NE winds to SEQ
waters. Generally fine, clear conditions with increasing cloud cover
with overall good visibility. Winds SE-NE to 10 knots, maximum air temp.
24* C, barometric pressure 1016 hPa.
Sea conditions: Light seas on 1-1.5 metre swell. Sea surface temps.
22.2* C at the Seaway, 23.4* C at the Shelf-break to 24* C at widest
drift point.

Left the Seaway at 0615 hrs and with no trawler activity headed
directly out to Jim*s Mountain, 32 nm ENEof the Seaway. Crossed the
shelf-break at 0830 and reached the drift point at 0920 hrs. Proceeded
to drift until 1230 hrs, then headed for home arriving back at the
Seaway at 1510 hrs. Duration of trip 8 hrs 55 mins.
On leaving the Seaway, with no returning trawlers there were hardly any
birds and on the way out over the shelf just the occasional Wedge-tailed
Shearwater noted but mainly small groups of Short-tailed Shearwaters
heading south slowly and very low to the water in the almost windless
conditions. At the 50 fathom mark a berley bag containing shark liver
was lowered astern to create a slick and shortly afterward a couple of
Short-tailed Shearwaters and a Wedge-tailed Shearwater started to follow
closely and remained with us right up to stopping at Jim*s Mountain.
On arriving at the drift and tossing berley over, the first Wilson*s
Storm-Petrels started to arrive almost immediately, followed by more
Wedge-tailed and Short-tailed Shearwaters, with a couple of Sooty Terns
also putting in an appearance along with a lone Flesh-footed Shearwater.
Then, at 1000 hrs a hulking dark shape appeared astern in the form of a
South Polar Skua, not exactly unexpected with all the Short-tailed
Shearwaters that had been passing through in the preceding weeks, I have
now seen more South Polar Skuas from Southport than Brown Skuas, 6/5.
This bird hung around for the next 30 minutes and just as it appeared 3
Long-tailed Jaegers flew in from the same direction and these birds
stayed around the vessel and slick for even longer, memory cards were on
At 1017 hrs a largish all dark petrel arrived almost over my shoulder
and landed amongst the berley right astern of the boat, Southports*
3rd Black Petrel! A very hungry Black Petrel which stayed around the
vessel for at least the next hour or so. Wedge-tailed Shearwater numbers
had built up, with Wilson*s Storm-Petrels arriving all the time, with
the occasional Short-tailed Shearwater stopping for a feed. Just before
midday the only Pterodroma for the day zoomed past, heading SE, a
Mottled Petrel and sadly a few punters didn*t lock on to it quickly
enough, another one of those frustrating Springtime flybys!! Just before
we had to head back for home a solitary Common Noddy showed up and on
the way back the only new birds were a fly past Arctic Jaeger and a
couple of Common Terns in a mixed feeding flock just north of the
Wilson*s Storm-Petrel * 30 (6)
Black Petrel * 1 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater * 110 * (35)
Flesh-footed Shearwater * 2 
Short-Tailed Shearwater * 41 (14)
Mottled Petrel * 1 
South Polar Skua * 1 
Arctic Jaeger * 1 
Long-tailed Jaeger * 3 
Common Noddy * 1 
Sooty Tern * 2 
Common Tern * 2 
Crested Tern * 24 (11)
Silver Gull * 3
Footnote:The South Polar Skua and Black Petrel sightings will be
submitted to BARC and the Long-tailed Jaeger sighting to BQRAC.

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