Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 13th December 1997

Subject: Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 13th December 1997
From: palliser <>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 08:26:41 +1100
SYDNEY, NSW PELAGIC TRIP REPORT  13th December 1997      
Trip Summary:      
A slow start but a great day. We headed East of Sydney to the local sea
mount known as Brown's Mountain and then further. The best birds for the
day were attracted to our main chuming location being 34.07'S 151.42'E.
Highlights were fine views of both Black and Goulds Petrel.   The
Providence Petrel was a stunning juvenile and may well be the last one for
this season as may the Wandering Albatross which has become an unusual bird
for December.
Fine and partly overcast.     
Water temperature 22.1C once beyond the shelf.      
Departed at 7.00 am and returned at 3.00 pm.          
Predominently North-East to South East winds 15-20 Knots       
Reached 31.0 Nautical Miles East of Sydney.       
Those on Board:      
Steve Anyon-Smith, Penny Drake-Brockman, Dion Hobcroft, Katherine McLeod,
Ted Nickson, Tony Palliser, Mike Ronan, Tab Shimba, David Siems, Andrew
Stafford, Elizabeth Stevenson and Bob Way. 
Numbers in brackets = Highest Count at any one time.     
Wandering Albatross    
 gibsoni? 1 (stage 4)       
Providence Petrel  1  (fresh Juvenile)     
Great-winged Petrel  150-200 (c.75)
BLACK PETREL 3 (2)    
Wilson's Storm Petrel 10+ (6)
White-faced Storm Petrel 1  
Short-tailed Shearwater 10+ (3)  
Sooty Shearwater 10+ (3)  
Flesh-footed Shearwater 2 (1)   
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 200+ (80+)            
Hutton's Shearwater  3 (1)      
Australasian Gannet  4 (2)      
Crested Tern 8 (4) 
Common Tern 3 (2) 1 outside the heads  
Arctic Jaeger 2 (1)  
Pomarine Jaeger 2 (1)  
Long-tailed Jaeger 8 (4)  
Silver Gull  30+       
Great Cormorant 2 In the harbour  
Australian Pelican  3 In the harbour     
Bottle-nosed Dolphin (200+) 
Short-finned Pilot Whale (12+)  
Trips are always on the 2nd Saturday of each month from Sydney and      
the 4th Sunday of each month from Wollongong.   
To make a booking or find out more contact  or      
 or take a look at the web site.      
Tony Palliser  (.....Sydney, Australia)       
Phone.....+61 2 9900 1678 or Home +61 2 9427 7563        
Fax.......+61 2 9900 1669      

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