birding-aus LONG REEF & MAROUBRA (10-11TH JULY 1999)

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From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 1999 16:09:22 +1000

Some interesting birds seen during a few hours at Long Reef (Saturday) & Maroubra (Sunday) were as follows:

LONG REEF (10TH JULY) - approx. 10 km north of Sydney (with Michael Ronan)

Though definitely no match to the recent pelagics off Sydney and Wollongong, some seabirds seen included Wandering Albatross (3-4 adults), Shy Albatross (1-2), Black-browed (50 plus) and Yellow-nosed (30 plus) Albatrosses, Giant Petrels (atleast 6, with 2 identified as Southern), Fluttering Shearwaters (50 plus), Antarctic Skua (3 flying in a line) and a White-fronted Tern.

No sign of the "Southern Fulmar" seen on 4-5 occasions off here over the past week and possible Blue Petrels a day before, during strong southerly breezes. There was only a very weak sea-breeze on this day, but all 4 species of Albatrosses were seen within a km off shore feeding on dead cuttlefish or flying quite high over the water catching the breeze (as I enjoy seeing).

MAGIC PT, MAROUBRA (11TH JULY) - approx. 10km south-east of Sydney (with Rod Gardner and David Koffel)

Fairly quite on seabirds (due to very calm conditions inshore) with a few Black-browed and Yellow-nosed Albatross seen, 3 Giant Petrels, 200 plus Fluttering Shearwaters and Kelp Gulls. However 3 separate groups of Humpback Whales (atleast 6 in total) were seen, including one seen some distance away, tail and fin slapping. A few large fish were also jumping about. A White-fronted Tern and Eastern Reef Egret was observed on the rocks.

Some land birds of note around the Rifle Range there included 3 Lewins Rails and 1 Buff-banded Rail, Spotless Crakes, Brown Falcon, Horsfield’s Bronze-cuckoo and 3 Southern Emuwrens heard.


Edwin Vella

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