birding-aus Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Report 28th February 1999

Subject: birding-aus Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Report 28th February 1999
From: "Tony PALLISER" <>
Date: 06 Mar 99 12:29:33 +1100

WOLLONGONG, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 28th February 1999    
Departed at 7.15 am and returned at 5.00 pm.      
Seas slight, Winds variable & light 5-10 Knots      
Reaching 28 Nautical Miles E of Wollongong.     
Water temperature 24.1 Degrees      
Primary chumming location 34.34'S 151.24'E   
Those on Board,      
Barry Burton, Pauline Burton, Sue Bresnhan, Peter Crabtree, Chris  
Corben, Anna Glasser, Leonard Glasser, Malcolm Goodman, Dion Hobcroft, 
Lisa Hugg, Alister Lethbridge, kerri Louis, Pete Milburn, Chris Padley, 
Helen Padley, Tony Palliser, Lindsay Smith, Andrew Stafford and Louise  
A brilliant February Trip with some great birds.  A very pleasant day 
with slight seas and very warm conditions.  A trip that contrasted  
remarkably with the Sydney trip only a few weeks earlier. A lot more 
birds present this time including large numbers of Flesh-footed  
Shearwaters. The Kermadec Petrel and the Streaked Shearwater being  
the highlights for most on board, even though the sightings were  
somewhat brief.  The Kermadec Petrel was an intermediate plumaged  
bird first thought to be a Tahiti Petrel due to similarities in  
plumage. The pale shafts visible on the upperwing and the overall  
shape and flight mannerism finally clenching the identification.  
Although one or two on board felt that they saw Tahiti Petrel? and it 
was suggested by several that two birds may have been in view at the 
same time.  Overall though a fabulous and most memorable day.    
(numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)      
(numbers before the name assist in the recording process)      
073-Great-winged Petrel 40-60(15+)   
069-Wedge-tailed Shearwater 20+(12)   
075-Buller's Shearwater 1   
072-Flesh-footed Shearwater 250+(100+)   
070-Sooty Shearwater 5(3)    
071-Short-tailed Shearwater 6-10(3)  
068-Fluttering Shearwater 2-4(2) 
913-Hutton's Shearwater 6(1) 
104-Australasian Gannet 6-10(3) 
100-Little Pied Cormorant 2 Near harbour  
106-Australian Pelican 2 Near harbour 
945-Pomarine Jaeger 30+(10)   
128-Arctic Jaeger 5(2)  
933-Long-tailed Jaeger 3-4(1) 
981-Kelp Gull 3(2) 
125-Silver Gull 20+ inshore   
115-Crested Tern 5+ inshore 
120-Sooty Tern 1 
Risso's Dolphin/Pygmy Killer Whale?  2   
Sydney Pelagics depart on the 2nd Saturday of each month, Wollongong      
Pelagics depart on the 4th Sunday of each month and Eden Pelagics on  
the 3rd Sunday of each month thru 1999. If you would like to join one   
of these trips please contact either Tony Palliser or Pete Milburn to   
make a booking.      
Tony Palliser      
Ph wk..... 02-99001678 fx..... 02-99001669      
Ph mb..... 0416 095875     
Ph hm..... 02-94277563      
email: wk:        

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