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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 21:01:31 +1000
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Subject: A Wet Weekend
From: morris <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 20:07:32 +1000
Hi Birders,
On the Central Coast of New South Wales (an area that incorporates the
LGAs of Gosford & Wyong) being midway between Sydney and Newcastle, the
Long Weekend here too was wet, cold and very windy. The winds blew
strongly from the south west which is not ideal for seabird watching, it
is better when the wind swings around to south or the south-east.
However on Sunday afternoon from 3-4 pm, off Pelican Point near Norah
Head, 5 Yellow-nosed Albatrosses, 1 un-identified Giant petrel, about
120 Fluttering Shearwaters, Silver Gulls, 3 Australiasian Gannets and a
few Crested Terns were seen. On the rocks below were 6 Double-banded
Plovers, 1 Grey-tailed Tattler, 1 Pacific Golden Plover  and some Little
Pied Cormorants.

On the Monday, off Toowoon Bay Reefs, near The Entrance at a similar
time, the seabirds were much harder to find. There was 1 Black-browed
Albatross, 10+ Fluttering Shearwaters& 1 Gannet. On the rocks were 7
Double-banded Plovers and the usual more common species. Not much reward
for braving the cold and wind! Edwin Vella & Nick Leseberg obviously had
far better bird watching conditions!

Alan Morris

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