Port Stephens Pelagic 22nd October 2011

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Subject: Port Stephens Pelagic 22nd October 2011
From: Steve Roderick <>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:11:49 +1100
Port Stephens Pelagic Trip Report - Saturday 22nd October
Boat: M.V. Argonaut, skippered by Ray Horsefield
Alwyn Simple, Michael Kearns, Jim Smart, Mike Newman, David Bertram, Geoff 
Smith, Steve Wood, Karen Thumm, Andrew Thumm, Bruce Hosken, Steve Roderick 
(leader and organiser)
After 5 straight cancelled trips due to dangerous conditions we were greeted 
with dead calm seas and winds. Conditions were calm most of the day with a .5m 
to 1m swell and a light NE wind. Afternoon saw the NE wind increase to around 
10-15knots. Great conditions for comfort but maybe not so birdwise.
There were no 'specials' seen on the trip. Good numbers of Shearwater sp. were 
constant. Reasonable numbers of Wilsons Storm-petrels kept our eyes trained for 
Black-bellieds. A few Wanderers and a Shy Albatross.
Departed Nelson Bay wharf at 7am and returned at 430pm
A misty morning and we passed through the heads without seeing land. An iintial 
flurry of  Wedge-tailed Shearwaters kept people busy, with a few 1st timers on 
board. Small numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters made short apperances as they 
directed their flight south.
An uneventful next 10km's or so until more Wedgeys appeared, chumming commenced 
to try a get some followers to drag in the unknown.
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters picked up the scent and we soon had around 40-50 birds 
following the boat. Silver Gulls appeared and we soon had 12 behind the boat 
which stayed with us most of the day. A lone White-fronted Tern and 3 
Australasian Gannets flew by.
The first Flesh-footed Shearwater showed and just short of the shelf we had a 
young Black-browed Albatross and a Wilsons Storm-petrel show interest.
Upon reaching the shelf the oily rag went out and we immeadiately had about 6 
Wilsons Storm-petrels in the slick. 
After half an hour at the shelf we had a Great-winged Petrel arrive and soon 
after a Providence Petrel. These two birds came and went and were deemed the 
only of their species seen all day.
A sinlge Cape Petrel flew in and immeadiately begun feeding. The first of 3 
Wanderers turned up as did our only White-faced Storm-petrel. One Wanderer was 
extremely hungry and was reaching up to the ladel to grab the chicken mince!
A second young Black-browed Alby turned up and we soon had a Shy Alby sitting 
at the rear of the boat.
Just before leaving the shelf a Huttons Shearwater did its customary fly by.
The Wilsons had grown to about 40 birds in the slick but no Black-bellieds were 
The trip back to port was fairly uneventful.
Shearwaters followed us right to the heads as did the two Black-browed Albys.
No more species were added to the list.
Short-beaked Common Dolphins were with us most of the time at the shelf hanging 
around under the boat for sometime.

Steve Roderick.
Species: Total (maximum number around the boat at one time)
White-faced Storm-petrel: 1 (1)
Wilsons Storm-petrel: 42 (40)
Black-browed Albatross: 2 (2) 
Shy Albatross: 1 (1) (cauta)
Wandering Albatross: 3 (3) (gibsons)
Short-tailed Shearwater:  50 (4)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater: 300 (80)
Flesh-footed Shearwtaer: 12 (6)
Huttons Shearwater: 1 
Fluttering Type Shearwater: 4
Cape Petrel: 1 (1)
Providence Petrel: 1 (1)
Great Winged Petrel: 1 (1)
Australasian Gannet: 3
White-fronted Tern: 1
Silver Gull: 16 (12)
Short-beaked Common Dolphin: 60-70
Humpback Whale: 2 

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