Sydney Pelagic Results for 8th June 1996

Subject: Sydney Pelagic Results for 8th June 1996
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 1996 09:45:09 +1000
Those on board: Phil Hansbro, John Reidy, Tony Palliser, Alan McBride,  
John Tillett, Keith Brandwood, Ken Booth, Patrick Brehmer, Paul  
Wickham, Lyn Raffan, josh Stern, Collin Rogers, Gail Berry, Rob Berry,  
Alistair Poole, Ted Shimba, Gerry Duane, Clive Meadows, John Leonard,  
Geoff Peters, Andrew Patrick, Chris McGuigan, 
Conditions were overcast and raining for most of the morning  
(although fine in Sydney). Southerly winds to 15 knots and a swell of  
about 2 Metre's for most of the day. We reached approx 21 nautical  
miles East of Sydney and then followed the shelf south for 15 miles.  
The ocean temperature beyond the shelf was 21.6 C. 
Another great trip with some fine rarities. A Black-bellied Storm  
Petrel was seen approx 18nm SW of Sydney. Also an assumed Black Petrel  
was seen on the shelf, this bird followed us South for several hours,  
occasionally approaching the boat very closely. The bill colouration,  
particularly the extent of black on the tip would point more towards  
the bird being a Westland Petrel. However the wingspan was estimated  
by some to be only 10 to 20% longer than that of a Providence Petrel  
which would rule out this species in favour of Black Petrel??. As far  
as we are aware this is the first time that either of these species  
have occurred off the NSW at this time of year. It is hoped that  
further research and photographs will assist further in clenching  
this rarity. 
Wandering Albatross 1  
Black-browed Albatross 5+ 
Yellow-nosed Albatross 120+ 
Shy Albatross 2 
Cape Petrel 2 
Black Petrel 1 ?? ( Identification still to be confirmed) 
Fairy Prion 10+ 
Great-winged Petrel 15+ 
Providence Petrel 50+ 
Black-bellied Storm Petrel 1 
Wilson's Storm Petrel 2 
Short-tailed Shearwater 10+ 
Sooty Shearwater 4 
Fluttering Shearwater 5+ 
Little Shearwater? (Poor views of one bird assumed to be this species) 
Australasian Gannet 30+ 
Silver Gull 150+ 
Crested Tern 5 
White-fronted Tern 2 
Little Pied Cormorant 1 
Great Cormorant 2 
The next trips are from Wollongong on Sunday the 23rd of June and from 
Sydney on Sunday 14th July. For information on these trips contact  
either Tony Palliser or Phil Hansbro.  
Tony Palliser  (Sydney, Australia)       
Phone   +61 2 9900 1678 or +61 2 4277563   
Fax     +61 2 9900 1669 
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