Chatham Island Albatross off Australia

To: Mike Carter <>, Daniel Mantle <>, "" <>, "" <>
Subject: Chatham Island Albatross off Australia
From: David James <>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 04:51:38 -0700 (PDT)
Mike, there we go, Peter is a steel trap, unlike me. Bet he would remember 
looking at Harper & Kinsky 1st ed too and what you had for lunch! seems like 
Reid & James was a pretty lousy review of Australian records but a good review 
of Tasmania records, only 1 shy (ha ha). So between your list and James & Reid 
there are 8 records, excluding the 1985 gong bird and the "later" record. Then 
there are Batemans Bay Aug 1999, Gong July 2002, Sydney Aug 2002 and Eagle Hawk 
Neck Sep 2011.   12-14 records, by my reckoning. Any more?

David James, 


From: Mike Carter <>
To: David James <>; Daniel Mantle 
<>; ; 
Sent: Tuesday, 6 September 2011 8:00 PM
Subject: 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 period.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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