BirdLife Australia - Portland Pelagic Trip Report, 5 May 2013

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Subject: BirdLife Australia - Portland Pelagic Trip Report, 5 May 2013
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 07:32:07 +1000
Hi birders,

I have published my pictures from the May 2013 Portland Pelagic. This trip
was notable for the three Sooty Albatrosses and the Antarctic Prion (that
one or two of us would have liked to have been a Salvin's Prion!)

Pictures can be viewed at:

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

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 On Behalf Of Chris Lester
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Subject: BirdLife Australia - Portland Pelagic Trip Report, 5
May 2013

BirdLife Australia Pelagic off Portland, Victoria, Sunday 5 May 2013

Participants: Scott Baker, Iian Denham, Paul Dodd, Michael Honeyman, Gil
Langfield, Rosemary Lester, Rafael Sanchez, Jenny Spry, David Torr, Glen
White, Ruth Woodrow, Chris Lester (organiser).

Crew: Shannon and Neville.

Activity: Departed Portland harbour aboard the Southern Pride boat at
07.00 heading south to the shelf past Lawrence Rocks. Went straight out to
the shelf. Our first stop was 2.5 nm over the continental shelf break at
38°47.861'S, 141°31.428'E, 28 nm from Portland Harbour in 250 fathoms of
water. Berleyed here from 10.00 till 11.30 and saw the first Northern Royal.
We moved out to the south-west a fair bit to 6 nm over the shelf and 30 nm
from Portland at 38°50.038'S, 141°25.758'E in 450 fathoms. We stayed there
from 12.00 until 13.00.  This is where the Sooty Albatrosses turned up along
with the Wanderers and the second Northern Royal. We moved north to 2.5 nm
past the shelf and 27 nm from Portland and berleyed at 38°45.818'S,
141°24.695'E in 250 fathoms from 13.30 until 14.15. this is where we saw the
Antarctic Prion and the Brown Skuas. Headed north and back in passing
Lawrence Rocks, where we had a good look, before returning and docking at

Conditions: Initially, there was a light wind of fewer than 5 knots from the
SSE.  There was no sea to speak of but a swell of 3 m. It was 100%. 
  It stayed that way for pretty much the whole day.  The swell was about the
same at the end of the day with no sea.  The wind freshened up a bit to
about 10 knots from ENE.

Summary: About normal diversity with 24 identified species of seabird
recorded during the trip but with the numbers of most regular species still
quite low. The highlights were Sooty Albatross and Antarctic Prion, neither
of which we have seen on a Portland boat trip for a few years.


Australian Fur Seal: the normal numbers loafing at Lawrence Rocks with a few
on the way to and from the shelf.

Common Dolphins: a few on the way in.


Wilson's Storm-Petrel: 20 (5). Pelagic.

Grey-backed Storm-Petrel: 3 (1). Pelagic.

White-faced Storm-Petrel: 10 (1). Mostly pelagic with a few inshore.

Black-browed Albatross: 50 (20). Mostly race melanophrys, but also several
impavada. Mostly pelagic with a few inshore.

Shy Albatross: 20 (5). All race cauta. Mostly pelagic with a few inshore.

Yellow-nosed Albatross: 3 (1).  Pelagic.

Wandering Albatross: 2 (2). Pelagic. Race gibsoni.

(Northern) Royal Albatross: 2 (1). Pelagic. Race sanfordi.

SOOTY ALBATROSS: 3 (3). Pelagic.

Southern Giant-Petrel: 1. Pelagic.

ANTARCTIC PRION: 1. Pelagic.  We took lots of photos and subsequently
identified this bird as Antarctic.  We had thought that it could be Salvin's
initially but after research at home and with advice from others ruled that

Fairy Prion: 100 (20). Pelagic and travelling in and out.

Sooty Shearwater: 1. Pelagic.

Short-tailed Shearwater: 30 (5). All on the way out and in.

Fluttering Shearwater: 5 (2). On the way out and in.

Shearwater spp: We saw a couple of "Flutton's" type but couldn't confirm the

Great-winged Petrel: 20 (8). Race macroptera only. Pelagic.

Australasian Gannet: 2000+. Most were on or near Lawrence Rocks but about 20
offshore and pelagic.

Little Pied Cormorant: 2. In Portland Harbour.

Black-faced Cormorant: 20+, mostly on or near Lawrence Rocks with 6 flying
passed inshore.

Brown Skua: 2. On the way out.

White-fronted Tern: 1. On the way out.

Crested Tern: 50 around Lawrence Rocks, a couple off-shore.

Pacific Gull: 2. In Portland Harbour.

Silver Gull: 10 at Lawrence Rocks, 20 off-shore.

For details of future Portland trips, go to the BirdLife Australia web site
at the bottom of the page on

For reports of past BA-Vic and BirdLife Australia trips from Portland and
Port Fairy, search the Birding-Aus archives for the trip reports at


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