Birdline South Australia Weekly Update

Subject: Birdline South Australia Weekly Update
Date: 14 Apr 2014 03:03:10 +1000

Birdline South Australia

Published sightings for the week ending 13 Apr 2014.

Sun 6 Apr White-headed Petrel, Buller's, both Royal sp, Wandering Albatrosses Port MacDonnell Pelagic
At least 1 White-headed Petrel seen, probably twice, came close to the vessel. Plenty of albatrosses around. 1 Northern, 2 Southern Royal, and around 10 Wandering Albatrosses, which included Gibson's & exulans. 2 Buller's Albatrosses seen. Also good numbers of Great-winged Petrels, 1-2 White-chinned, hundreds of Fairy Prions, Wilson's, White-faced & Grey-backed Storm Petrels, 4 Northern Giant-petrels, heaps of Flesh-footed Shearwaters & 1 Hutton's Shearwater on the shelf.
Kevin Bartram, John Cox, Colin Rogers & the rest of the observers aboard the vessel

South Polar Skua, intermediate morph (subject to BARC submission) Port MacDonnell Pelagic
A skua was seen in the morning shortly after reaching the shelf. I called it straight away as SPS. It flew past close to the boat & then flew off. Plenty of photos taken of it side on, not many from above, but showed a distinct buffy collar which contrasted with the dark brown upperparts & underparts. Ground colour to body had a dark buffy (right for South Polar), rather than a chocolate hue (as in Brown Skua). Bill looks long, but this seems right for SPS pictures I've looked through, it didn't seem deep enough for a Brown Skua. Further discussion needed to confirm ID, but at this stage we're fairly confident of it's ID.
Kevin Bartram, Colin Rogers, John Cox and rest of observers aboard the vessel.

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