Wollongong pelagic report 28.4.96.

Subject: Wollongong pelagic report 28.4.96.
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 10:26:37 EST10

Sorry but this was one of those you had to be there days!!!!

Departed at 7.00 am and returned at 4.30 pm. 
2 Metre swell, 20 knot winds. 
We reached 30 Nautical Miles East ofWOLLONGONG.

We had a fantastic trip and even I got a lifer. The highlight of the day was 
undoubtedly good but brief views of a pale phase HERALD PETREL, the fourth 
record I know of off New South Wales. We also had brilliant views of 2 pale 
phase KERMADEC PETRELS so that's 3 descriptions I have to write for 1 days 
birding! All the Pterodromas were coming in very close to the boat, with 
Solander's Petrels in fresh, almost purple plumage, down to 5 metres. We had 
total of   species.

Those on board; Phil Hansbro (leader), Kevin Bartram, Alex Watson, John Reidy, 
Eric Andrew, Mick Webb, Sam Bosanquet, John Izzard, Paul McDonald, Richard 
Yank, Ian Lundy and Bill McLean.


Black-browed Albatross (3+, all adults at least 2 of which were impavida)
Yellow-nosed Albatross (3+, 2 adults 1 Immature)
Great-winged Petrel 20+
Solander's Petrel 100+
HERALD PETREL 1 pale phase (the third record for Wollongong and the second 
April                                   record)
KERMADEC PETREL 2 pale phase (the 21st and 22nd records for Wollongong, but     
most have been dark phases in the past)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 500+
Flesh-footed Shearwater 3+
Short-tailed Shearwater 10+
Sooty Shearwater 2+
Fluttering Shearwater 5+
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 3+
Australasian Gannet 5+
Australian Pelican 4
Pomarine Skua 1+
Arctic Skua 1
Long-tailed Skua 1
Kelp Gull 8+
Silver Gull 30+
Crested Tern 5+

The Pelagics go out on the Fourth (and not the last) Sunday of the month from 
Wollongong, or the second Sunday of every other month from Sydney. The cost is 
$50 Australian (from Wollongong) or $60 Australian from Sydney and I prefer a 
deposit, especially for large groups, of half the cost. The boat leaves at 7.00 
am from Wollogong harbour next to the Coast Guard Station and we usually arrive 
back between 4.30-5.30 pm or at 7.00 am from Rose Bay wharf in Sydney returning 
at ~3.00pm. I recommend you bring Bins, Sea-sickness pills, Food and Drink in 
that order.
So please get back in touch if you would like to book any places on the boat.
If you would like any other information do not hesitate to contact me.

Phil Hansbro
Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association

(h) 06-249 8234 (w) 06-249 3091
Fax; 06-249 4891

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