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?
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
For just 10 minutes on one day between 03 & 13.01.1981, an adult was ashore on
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
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.
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