As Paul Dodd has already mentioned a group of us decided to try our luck off
Eaglehawk Neck on the weekend just gone. This was in response to the very
successful trips organised by Rohan Clarke the previous weekend. However our
trips were very quiet by Tasmanian standards (indeed also a lot quieter than
the trips that quite a few us had been on three weeks earlier - also off
It will be interesting to see if anything can be worked out from the weather
and sea conditions leading up to the successful earlier trips. The water
temperatures were nearly identical between both weekends and a quick look at
the preceding weeks weather for Rohan's trips does not seen to immediately
suggest such a remarkable number and diversity of cold water specialists. But
clearly I am missing something. The only thing the skipper had to add was that
there were very strong current lines that weekend.
Although our weekend was a lot quieter at sea, it was as always great to be
offshore from Tas with a fun bunch of seabirders.
I have posted the full reports to the SOSSA website. I think the following link
should work (Nikolas Haass's trip report for the start of the month is also to
be found there).
A quick summary of the highlights for the weekend were: 4 Southern Royal
Albatross, four Wandering Albatross (2 exulans, 1 gibsoni, 1 antipodensis), one
Salvin's Albatross, one White-headed Petrel, one White-chinned Petrel, 80+
Common Diving-Petrel, 9 Northern Giant-Petrel, 1 Southern Giant-Petrel, and
singles of both Grey-backed and White-faced Storm-Petrel.
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