pelagics off Otago, NZ

Subject: pelagics off Otago, NZ
From: (Martin Renner)
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 16:50:03 +1200
This is a report from the latest daytrip on the R.V. Munida on the 11 April
1996.  We went out as far as 8nm offshore into waters 95m deep.  There was
a slight NE-wind and a swell of 1m.  Numbers represent birds counted within
a 200m transect and in brackets total numbers of all birds seen for all but
the very common species.

Yellow-eyed Penguin     2       (2)
Little Blue Penguin     4       (4)
Royal Albatross         5       (24: 15 southern, 4 northern)
Shy Mollymawk           16      (93)
Buller's Mollymawk      34      (140)
Northern Giant Petrel           (2)
White-chinned Petrel    1       (6 + 2 unidentified)
Cape Pigeon             16      (81)
Prion spec.             1       (2)
Sooty Shearwater        612
Buller's Shearwater             (1)
Hutton's Shearwater     2       (10 + 4 unidentified)
Diving Petrel spec              (2)
Spotted Shag            18
Stewart Island Shag     28
Australasian Gannet     1       (1)
Arctic Skua                     (1)
Brown Skua                      (1)
Southern Black-backed Gull      17
Red/Black-billed Gull   89      (+66 Black-billed)
Black-fronted Tern              (12)
White-fronted Tern      23

Currently there is an endless band of Sooties flying north just off the
coast.  Notably almost all the Royal Albatrosses were heading north as
well, while the Hutton's Shearwaters went south.  A next trip is planed for
29 April, that time specifically for birdwatching.


Martin Renner                       email:  
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University of Otago                 phone:  03-479 7665 (work)
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