Pomarine Jaegers [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

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Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 08:14:49 +1100
I saw some Jaegers whilst sailing in the gulf within a km of the 'beach' off Outer Harbour (where the Port River comes out) in Adelaide over the xmas break. 
"There's a mollyhawk" I said but then realised it had a white on the underside.  Pretty sure they were Arctic Jaegers but could have been Pomarine as a strong southerly had been blowing so they could've been pushed into the gulf????  I say that because the Arctic are supposed to like the bays and Pomarine a bit further offshore and I'd never seen either before for any sort of comparison and the viewing wasn't all that easy.
Got plenty of squid whilst waiting for the ring nets to fill up with blue swimmer crabs and snook (pike) whilst cruising around so that made up for it.
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From: Sharon Rusk [
Sent: Tuesday, 12 February 2008 12:24 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Pomarine Jaegers

Hi all you Ulladulla campers! 
The Jaegers that were so difficult to find on the sunday morning became easier in the afternoon. I went to the lookout in the afternoon when the sun was behind me and the breeze had lessened a bit so that there was no white caps on the waves. It was easy to pick them out, and what was surprising was where they were. While we were looking for indiviuals flying to and fro, I found that in nearly all cases that they had, either settled in among the "rafts" of Shearwaters or sat within 50mtrs of them. It seemed that the only time that they flew any distance was to mug some unfortunate victim or catch up with other shearwaters which had settled on the water after feeding. I'm not talking about single Jaegers here, there was a cute little creche of at least 5,all in various stages of plumage, PJs probing the rafts of Shearwaters. I'm sure that last line brought a rush of nostalgia to the older members who will never forget  "P.J. Proby".  Excepting of course, the really older members who forget everything anyway.
 It was also a bit easier the shearwaters with some degree of certainty with the Wedge, Short-tailed ,Fleshy-footed & Fluttering being the main suspects, and so with that I'll call it a day.
Bob Rusk                                                                       much
Ps     I think that taking into account the average age of COG ^ more than 90% would remember P.J.Proby
Pps    But then again possibly not.
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