Bass Strait Birds in December 1996

Subject: Bass Strait Birds in December 1996
From: Gil Langfield <>
Date: Thu, 02 Jan 1997 17:38:14 +1100
I was offshore again in Bass Strait, Eastern Victoria from 6 to 12 December
on an Esso Platform in about 60 metres of water.  The following birds were seen:

Wandering Albatross: max 2 birds on 3 days, both about Stage 5 upper wing as
shown in HANZAB.

Pomarine and Arctic Jaegers: a mixed flock of 6-20 birds around the platform
on most days.  It took me some time to sort them out.  I have previously
only seen 2 at any one time from the platforms.

Short-tailed Shearwater:  small numbers on most days

Australasian Gannet: 1 on most days

Shy Albatross: singles seen on 3 days.  One had white patches on upper wing

Silver Gull:  single on 1 day, 17 on another.  These may have been spooked
by the Jaegers although I saw no attacks.  There is usually a flock of SGs
at each platform, but the resident flock of Jaegers this time was unusual.

Pacific Gull: single adult on 2 days, single immature on 1 day.

Crested Tern:  singles on 2 days.


Gil Langfield
Melbourne, Australia

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