Augusta Pelagic Trip 6th May

To: John Graff <>, Plaxy Barratt <>, Birding-Aus <>, "" <>
Subject: Augusta Pelagic Trip 6th May
From: John Graff <>
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:52:18 +0000
Hi all,

Please see the details below regarding a short-notice pelagic trip off Augusta. 
It is a fairly large boat, so a minimum of 25 pax is required for the trip to 
go ahead. If you would like to book a place, or more information, please 
contact Plaxy (cc'd in above)



With the Bremer Canyon Orca tours finished for the season Naturaliste Charters 
will be relocating to Augusta as soon as weather permits. While this means we 
won’t be able to run a pelagic to the Bremer Canyon this year, we do have an 
opportunity to run a pelagic to the shelf edge from Augusta in a couple of 
weeks, on the 6th of May 2017, before the whale-watching season commences.

Plan for the day:
Depart 7.00am from Augusta and travel approximately 3hrs to the shelf edge. We 
will have several chumming sessions (approx. 4hrs) before arriving back to port 
in Augusta at around 5.00pm.

What we hope to see:
May has been a very good month for seabirds off the south coast of WA, with a 
range of species migrating through the area. In addition to good numbers of 
albatross (Indian Yellow-nosed, Black-browed, Campbell, Shy and Wandering 
Albatross), May trips have regularly recorded South Polar Skua, Arctic Tern, 
Wilson’s, White-faced, and Black-bellied Storm-petrel, Soft-plumaged, 
Grey-faced, and White-chinned Petrel, and Little Shearwater. And there is 
always the chance of rarer seabird sightings in May, with last year’s trips off 
the south coast recording Sooty and Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, Grey-backed 
Storm-petrel (single bird 2016 and another April 2017), and a single Amsterdam 

The vessel is the very comfortable ‘Alison Maree’, a 20-metre catamaran with 
indoor seating and multiple outdoor viewing platforms from the fly bridge, bow 
and stern:<>.

The trip will cost $210 per person, given the longer-than-usual distance to the 
shelf edge from Augusta. $200 will be paid to Naturaliste Charters direct, with 
$10 to cover the cost of chum (please bring the latter as cash on the day). 
Please note there will be no food catering (bring your own lunch/snacks/drinks 
etc.) however there will be a self-serve tea/coffee/biscuit station.

We need a minimum of 25 people to make the trip viable. If you are interested 
please email me at  Once you have registered your interest I 
can direct you to Naturaliste Charters for payment (n.b. if we don’t reach the 
minimum numbers your money will of course be refunded).

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