birding-aus Portland Boat Trip - August

Subject: birding-aus Portland Boat Trip - August
From: "Chris Lester"<>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 08:10:17 +1000

PORTLAND BOAT TRIP - 1 August 1999

GROUP:         Mike Carter (leader), Peter Lansley, Rohan Clarke, Chris
               Lester, Neil Macumber, Harry Clarke, Ted Shimba, Peter
               Crabtree, Mike Doyle (Canberra), Duncan & Becky Dine (UK),
               Julian Thomas (UK).
VESSEL:        Michael J IV(11.9m).
SKIPPER:       Howard Willoughby
OWNER/DECKY:   Garry Roberts
WEATHER:       Light squally showers & mostly cloudy until 10.30.Then
               mainly sunny. Cool. Light SW (5kts).inshore at first but
               variable 10-15 kts with squalls beyond shelf break.
SEA:           Slight sea & swell in bay; increasingly rough further
               offshore to moderate sea and swell to 4m.
ACTIVITY:      Sailed 07.20. Docked 16.00. Passed E of Lawrence Rocks @
               07.45 and headed out SW (225o) @ 12 knots. Paused briefly 3
               or 4 times. Reached shelf break 100 fathoms @ 10.00 and
               continued till 10.10.  Stopped to berley @ 38o 39.6?S 141o
               19.2?E till 11.10. Moved slowly SSW into deeper water.
               Stopped berleying12.00 to 12.40 @38o 42?S 141o 19.7?E. Moved
               about 1NM west & berleyed from 12.55 to 13.15 when headed
               in. I & others slept for an hour or more. Paused at L. Rocks
               @ about 15.30.  Berley was shark liver. Note: No trawlers
               encountered, so fewer albatrosses.
ANIMALS:       Only one seal - near shelf break as we came in (RC).
BIRDS:         Well distributed, but no large feeding flocks. Reasonable
               variety but notable omissions.  Good photographic
               opportunities.  21-22 species.

Southern Giant petrel     1 pelagic; (ID disputed by RC), photos
Northern Giant-Petrel     5(2) pelagic.  Photos. .  Plus5 sp? 3 bay, 1
                    inshore, 1 offshore
Cape Petrel         20(18). 1 inshore, 1 offshore, 18 pelagic.  All
                    australe.  Photos.
Great-winged Petrel 15(11).  All nom. race macroptera; all pelagic.  None
                    at first berley stop. Photos.
Blue Petrel         10(6).  All pelagic.  Very tame attracted by berley all
                    stops. Photos.
Antarctic Prion     4(3) (plus two possibles in Bay in am).  All pelagic;
                    seen well & photos. Typical undertail pattern with
                    clear sides.  One had strong supercilium, apparently
Slender-billed Prion      7(5).  All pelagic.  Photos
Fairy Prion         7(5).  All pelagic.
Sooty Shearwater    6(4).  1 offshore, 5 pelagic; accompanying.  Photos.
Fluttering/Huttons Shearwater  1 offshore in pm.
(Black & white shearwater beyond shelf suggested possible Little
Wandering Albatross 2(2)  Both pelagic.  1 gibsoni, stage ?.. 1 exulans
                    chionoptera (stage 7) ? bill very pink otherwise
                    suggested Royal; tail white. Gibsoni obviously small.
Black browed Albatross    85 (40). 2 impavida (pel) only. 10 Bay, 15
                    inshore, 10 offshore, 50 pelagic. 70 adults, 10
                    sub-ads, 5 juvs.
Shy Albatross       85(50). 5 Bay, 10 inshore., 10 off., 60 pelagic. 70
                    ads, 12 s-ads, 3 juvs.
Yellow-nosed Albatross    8(3) 1 inshore., 2 off., 5 pelagic, 2 ads, 3
                    s-ads, 3 juvs.
Sooty Albatross     1.  1 distant bird (down-sun), pelagic.
White-faced Storm-Petrel  1 pelagic - not seen well.
Australasian Gannet c 8000 around LR and Point Danger. 20 feeding 21.5 NM
                    SW of LR. 2 pelagic.
Black-faced Shag    12 on LR and in Bay.
Great Skua          3(3) harrassing gannets off LR.
Silver Gull         1 only, inshore SW of LR.
Crested Tern        8(3) 1 inshore, 3 offshore (in pm).  4 pelagic.
(Pacific Gull       1 immature in Harbour).

Notes by Mike Carter

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