birding-aus Sea Watch off Magic Pt, Maroubra (Sydney) 17 July 1999

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Subject: birding-aus Sea Watch off Magic Pt, Maroubra (Sydney) 17 July 1999
From: "EDWIN VELLA" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 1999 13:46:09 +1000
A few hours was spared for a brief seawatch with Rod Gardner early in the morning at Magic Pt, Maroubra. Unfortunately, the winds changed directions and were from the west. Despite this atleast 50 Black-browed, 3 Yellow-nosed and 1 immature Shy Albatross (the later came in the closest approximately within 50 metres and giving good views - not so Shy after all), 15 Giant Petrels (with atleast 2 Southern and 1 Northern identified close to shore), atleast 100 Fluttering Shearwaters and an Antarctic Skua in the distance. Fairy Penguins were heard and a few Humpback whales were seen, including atleast 2 within a kilometre off shore and spotted while walking back along Maroubra beach. Rod also found another Prion carcass on the beach.
There were also more Albatrosses further out in the distance which could not be identified. What grabbed mine and Rod's attention though was one juv. Black-browed that lacked the usual grey collar typical of Black-browed at this stage of plumage but had a grey bill and very dark underwings. Could this be another race? Also it was interesting seeing a Silver Gull harass a Black-browed Albatross as if it were a Skua.
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