birding-aus Wollongong NSW Pelagic Trip Report 10th July 1999

Subject: birding-aus Wollongong NSW Pelagic Trip Report 10th July 1999
From: "P.J. Milburn" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 19:21:59 +1000
Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report, 10th July 1999

Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 4.30 pm.
Sea Conditions: Sea southerly, 1 to 2 metres on a 1 - 1.5 metre swell.
Weather: Cool south southwesterly winds, generally overcast with some sunny
periods later.   Air temperature 12 to 18 °C.
Wind:  up to 20 knots.
Water temperature 15.3 to 19.6 degrees C.
Primary chumming location 34'30 - 151'22.


Due to popular demand another pelagic trip from Wollongong had to be
organised.  Once again we had a very good trip albeit somewhat less
fantastic (in the literal sense) than the previous 2 trips.  Even after 5
days of anticyclonic weather there were many interesting birds in the area,
perhaps some birds arrived with the weak trough of low pressure that moved
through the area on the 9 & 10th.

The last week's Wollongong Pelagic increased the number of species recorded
from the Sandra K to some 93 species of seabird and it was with great
anticipation that we headed out to sea.  Only 25 minutes later a Southern
Fulmar spotted the boat and pushed its way to the front of the throng
feeding on our berley.  After 20+  min of photography, ooohing and aahing
the bird was captured, banded and released by SOSSA.  Completly unconcerned
by the whole process, the bird followed the boat for a further 40 minutes
delighting all on board and creating a boom for the photographic supplies
market.  Other rarities for NSW waters were observed, namely, Soft-plumaged
Petrel, Salvin's Prion and Black-bellied Storm-Petrel.

Birds recorded:

Species code:   Species name:   Numbers:

(Note: numbers in parenthesis = highest count at any one time)

847 Gibson's Albatross Diomedea gibsoni 13 (5)
864 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche carteri 75+ (23)
091 Shy Albatross T. cauta 6 (3)
088 Black-browed Albatross T. melanophrys 75+ (15)
859 Campbell Albatross T. impavida 10-15 (5)
073 Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma m. macroptera 4 (2)
971 Providence Petrel P. solandri 55+ (30)
929 Southern Giant Petrel  Macronectes gigantius 1
937 Northern Giant Petrel M. halli 1
074 SOUTHERN FULMAR Fulmarus glacialoides 1
080 Cape Petrel Daption capense australe 75+ (40+)
080 Cape Petrel D. c. capense 2 (1)
083 Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur 100+ (30+)
084 ANTARCTIC PRION  P. desolata 35+ (25+)
941 SALVIN'S PRION P. salvini 1
942 NARROW-BILLED PRION P. belcheri 3 (2)
065 White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina 3
066  BLACK-BELLIED STORM-PETREL  Fregetta tropica 4 (4)
068 Fluttering Shearwater  Puffinus gavia 1
913 Hutton's Shearwater  P. huttoni 1
104 Australasian Gannet Morus serrator 8 (3)
125 Silver Gull  Larus novaehollandiae 75+ (50)
981 Kelp Gull L. dominicanus 6
114 White-fronted Tern  Sterna striata 1
115 Crested Tern  S. bergii 14 (3)

 In the harbour

099 Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax varius

25 species of seabird identified outside the breakwater.


Common Dolphin 6

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

Dr.Peter Milburn
Biomolecular Resource Facility
The Australian National University
GPO Box 334 Canberra ACT 0200  AUSTRALIA
Phone No.  <61> <2> 6249 4326
Fax No.    <61> <2> 6249 4326
E-mail Address  

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