I have been away for a couple of days so forgive me if someone has already
mentioned this record.
I saw an adult CIA off Wollongong in October 2002. Fabulous bird - extremely
striking with its dark grey head and chrome yellow bill.
Well done everyone in Tassie who got the most recent sighting of a CIA in
albatross. Regardless of how many times it's been seen here before, it is
still a sensational bird to see in Aus waters.
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> Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 20:00:08 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Chatham Island Albatross off Australia
> Hi David, actually I did say it was in the 1960/70s. Having been asked to be
> more specific by Rohan Clarke today I phoned Peter Lansley whom I knew had a
> good memory for dates and he responded instantly with the fact that we saw
> the bird off Cape Schanck on 8 August 1976! I suspect that he would have
> proffered the time if I'd asked!!! In research today I came up with following
> list of dates that I know for older records of Chatham Albatross in Australia.
> 08.08.1976 adult seen from shore close-in off Cape Schanck, Vic. by Mike
> Carter, Peter Lansley & Geoff Price.
> 28.08.1976 near adult off Eden, NSW, seen & photographed by Mike Carter
> published in Peter Harrison's (1985) Seabirds Photographic Book (p. 37).
> Caption therein says 'June' but that
> is wrong.
> For just 10 minutes on one day between 03 & 13.01.1981, an adult was ashore
> on Albatross Is.,
> Tas. Seen by David Nicholls who has a photo somewhere.
> January 1983 an adult ashore on Albatross Is, Tas. by Nigel Brothers. Photo
> p. 126 in Lindsey (1986), (Photo. Index Seabird book ). Although the caption
> is wrong in
> stating that the bird is an immature the date could be right because I have
> duplicates of two other slides of that bird by Nigel Brothers dated 17 Jan.
> 27.07.1985 a puzzling bird we considered was a sub-adult Chatham's at sea
> off Wollongong. I have three slides of this bird. This shows a broad dark
> border to the outer edge of the underwing (beyond the carpal) a feature that
> also shows in adults where it is much neater.
> I'm pretty sure I have another later record but that will be hard to trace.
> My record keeping and cataloguing fluctuated with paid work load in that
> Mike Carter
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