Eden pelagic 4 September

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Subject: Eden pelagic 4 September
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Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2016 18:13:06 +0000
Unfortunately the 3 September outing was cancelled because of the forecast for that day of strong winds, very high seas and offshore thunderstorms - and those of us already in Eden were very glad not to be on a boat in the Saturday weather which ensued.
Sunday was fine and sunny, although the wind did pick up late morning and we made the trip back to Eden from the shelf in fairly trying conditions. 
Of particular interest were four albatross species (Shy, Black-browed, Yellow-nosed and Wandering - the latter did not stay around, but was a thrill nonetheless), three storm petrel species (Wilsons, Grey-backed and White-faced) and quite a few Fairy Prions dancing along the slick. Several Humpback Whales were sighted well out from the coast, and the Common Dolphins put on a good show, leaping out of the water beside the boat. One large shark, a small group of seals, and a sunfish were seen by several on board, all well out from Eden.
An ebird list is available - 'COG outings' list for 7am on 4 Sept for Offshore -- Eden pelagic.
Many thanks to Anthony for his ID skills and general advice and expertise on the day.
Sandra Henderson
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