Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 27th October 1996

Subject: Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 27th October 1996
Date: 29 Oct 96 09:19:50 +1100
Wollongong Pelagic Trip Report for 27th October 1996 aboard MV Sandra K 
What a year!  For I while there we thought we were in the wrong country, 
the diversity and quantity of birds was overwhelming.  The list of major 
rarities would have to be a record.  In all at least 7 species will require 
submissions to either the RAOU or the NSW FOC rarities committee's.   
Several birders on  board were over heard saying "that this was the best  
days birding they had ever experienced". Clearly the fortunate  part about  
this trip was that we managed to connect with the Mottled Petrel & Short- 
tailed Shearwater migration which perhaps explains to some degree the  
supply of rarities.   Good to excellent views were obtained of almost all  
the species recorded, unfortunately though the dark overcast conditions 
were not favourable for the photographer's on board.  The race of the  
Wandering Albatross may involve adults of the proposed subspecies  
gibsoni and antipodensis.  We will be talking about this trip for years 
to come. 
Overcast with some light rain. 
Water temperature 19.6C once beyond the shelf.  
Departed at 7.00 am and returned at 4.00 pm.   
1-2 metre sea on a 1 metre swell.   
5-20 knot changeable winds predominently from the East 
Reached 25 Nautical Miles E of Wollongong Harbour.   
Those on Board: 
Howard Armstrong, Theis Armstrong, Alan Brown, Neil Brown, Stephen Clark, Rod  
Gardner, Roger McGovern, Peter Milburn,  Mr & Mrs Osieck,  Tony Palliser, 
& Richard Yank.  (Thanks to all for their support.) 
Little Penguin  (1) 
Wandering Albatross  (7)  
Black-browed Albatross  (2 sub adult)  
Shy Albatross  (2) 
Cape Petrel  (4 birds,  both races)  
Great-winged Petrel  (15-20+)  
Providence Petrel  (15-20+) 
MURPHY'S PETREL?  (1) A Potential New Bird for Australia *** 
COOK'S PETREL  (2) *** 
Gould's Petrel  (2)  
MOTTLED PETREL  (55-60) *** 
Flesh-footed Shearwater   (5-10) 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater   (100+)  
Sooty Shearwater  (10-15+) 
Short-tailed Shearwater  (5000+) 
Fluttering Shearwater  (15+)  
Hutton's Shearwater  (30+) 
MANX SHEARWATER  (1 bird seen well by PM) *** 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel  (27) 
White-faced Storm Petrel  (1)  
Australain Pelican  (1) plus  (3) in the harbour  
Australasian Gannet  (14) 
Pomarine Jaeger  (7) 
Arctic Jaeger  (1) 
Long-tailed Jaeger  (1) 
Kelp Gull  (6)  
Silver Gull  (120+)  
Common Tern  (2) 
White-fronted Tern  (12)  
Crested Tern  (20+)  
Little Black Cormarant  (1) In the harbour  
Little Pied Cormorant  (2) In the harbour  
Southern Hump-backed Whale  (4)  
Common Dolphin  (50-100)  
The next trips planned are from Wollongong on Sunday 24th November  and 
from Sydney on Saturday 9th November.  Places are still available. To make a  
booking or find out more contact  either:   (Milburn)   
or  (Tony Palliser ) 
Tony Palliser  (Sydney, Australia)       
Phone   +61 2 9900 1678 or +61 2 94277563   
Fax     +61 2 9900 1669 
Email    or            

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