birding-aus Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report, 3rd July 1999

Subject: birding-aus Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report, 3rd July 1999
From: palliser <>
Date: Mon, 05 Jul 1999 23:17:08 +1000
Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report, 3rd July 1999 

Departed at 7.10 am and returned at approx. 5.30 pm.    
Sea Conditions: swell 2-3 Metres.    
Weather: Cold southerly winds, some light rain.  
Wind:  up to 20 knots from the South.  
Water temperature 16.8 to 17.4 degrees C.  
Primary chumming location 34'35 - 151'18.  

This is the one we have all been waiting for.......
I would not have thought it possible to improve on last weeks amazing trip,
but it happened.  Again we have another pelagic that will go down in
history as one of the all time greats.........  The southerly influence
continuing to produce fanastic birds, with at least two species added to
the Wollongong list, which as you know is already impressive.  The number
of rarities being unprecedented with this being one of those often talked
about 'invasion years'.  Highlights included up to 7 species of Albatross,
3 species of Storm Petrel, 4 species of Prion and a few Blue Petrels (these
will be the first documented live records for NSW)
which were so confiding one could literally touch them as they flew past
the boat.  In fact one of the Blue Petrels was captured in a hand net as it
flew past, it then being banded and released by the banders from SOSSA, as
were a number of the Wandering and Shy Albatross.  Also unusual at this
time of year was the sighting of a Short-tailed Shearwater and a
White-faced Storm Petrel.  Identification of the prions particularly
Salvin's is still to be worked on, but the large size, bulky appearance and
very broad bill of several of the birds present does suggest this species.
Hopefully the photographs will assist!  What a trip!
Those on board,  
Steve Anyon-Smith, Keith Brandwood, Trevor Ford, Rod Gardner, Dion
Hobcroft, Nick Hodges, Ron Imisides, Mike Jarman, David Koffel, Jan
Mullholland, Ross Mullholland, Murray Lord, Bill McLean, Pete Milburn, Ted
Nickson, Tony Palliser, Bianca Priest, John Reidy, David Siems, Lindsay
Smith, Andrew Stafford and Edwin Vella  
(Note: numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)  
086 Wandering Albatross 25+ (8)  
    086 exulans 2 (1)   
    847 gibsoni 20+ (8)  
    846 antipodensis 1 (1)  
864 Yellow-nosed Albatross (bassi) 15-20 (5)  
091 Shy Albatross (cauta) 30+ (10)  
088 Black-browed Albatross 30-35 (15)  
    088 melanophrys 20 (15)  
    859 impavida 10-15 (4)  
090 GREY-HEADED ALBATROSS 3 (1 adult, 2 Juv) 
931 BULLER'S ALBATROSS 5 (all adult)
092 SOOTY ALBATROSS 1 (adult)  
073 Great-winged Petrel (macroptera) 5-6 (2)  
971 Providence Petrel 8 (3)  
081 BLUE PETREL 3-4 (3)  
929 Southern Giant Petrel 4 (2)  
937 Northern Giant Petrel 3 (2)
984 Cape Petrel 75+ (40+)  
083 Fairy Prion 30+ (10+)  
084 ANTARCTIC PRION 20-30 (10+)  
941 SALVIN'S PRION?  2+ (2)
063 Wilson's Storm Petrel 2 (1)
065 White-faced Storm Petrel 1  
068 Fluttering Shearwater 5 (3)
071 Short-tailed Shearwater 1 
980 Great Skua 1  
104 Australasian Gannet 5+ (2)  
125 Silver Gull 100+  
981 Kelp Gull 9 (including 5 Juv)  
115 Crested Tern 15+    
27 species of seabird identified - away from the breakwater  
Common Dolphin 10+  
Hump-backed Whale  2  
Future Trips,  
All Pelagic Trips from NSW are operated at no profit to the organisers  
being operated as group boat charters for the benefit of all who wish  
to join us.  
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.  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; 02-99001678 (w), 02-94115272  (h)  
Pete Milburn: Mobile 0416-249 506, 02-6255 1313 Home or 02-62494326    
Eden Pelagics are run on the 3rd Sunday of each month.   Bookings to  
<> Barbara Jones or Ph (02) 6495 7390.  
Note: SOSSA = Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association 

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