Sydney pelagic report for 3 November 1996

Subject: Sydney pelagic report for 3 November 1996
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 1996 08:54:10 +1000

  Yet another Sydney pelagic!  Half a dozen of us got out onboard the
  Halicat on Sunday to see if we could see a few of the interesting birds
  that have been around rececntly.  It was actually a fishing charter trip,
  but nevertheless we got out as far as the bird trips normally do.

  Species seen;

  Little Penguin [3]
  Wandering Albatross [6-8]
  Black browed Albatross [5]
  Cape Petrel [1]
  Great winged Petrel [100+]
  Mottled Petrel [2-3]
  Providence Petrel [3]
  Black or Westland Petrel [3]
  Fluttering Shearwater [2]
  Wedge tailed Shearwater [100+]
  Short tailed Shearwater [10 000+]
  Sooty Shearwater [10+]
  White faced Storm Petrel [2]
  Wilson's Storm Petrel [6]
  Gannet [1]
  Long tailed Skua [2]
  Pomarine Skua [1]
  Silver Gull
  Crested Tern
  Common Tern

  unidentified Cook's/Gould's type Petrel [2]

  dolphin sp. [20]

  One of the Mottled Petrels came in very close and gave us excellent
  views.  Opinion on the Black or Westland Petrels favoured Black on the
  basis of relative size to Great winged, but we can't be sure.  The Short
  tailed Shearwaters were passing us most of the day, with hundreds on the
  water near the boat for about half an hour.

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