Re: birding-aus Seabirds at Cape Schanck

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Seabirds at Cape Schanck
From: "Paul Taylor" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 1999 00:31:23 +1000
> My envy has been aroused by all the super seabirds seen on NSW pelagic
> trips lately.  Does anyone still bother to stand on the walkway at Cape
> Schanck (Mornington Peninsula, Vic.) to watch passing albatrosses etc.?
> Are any still seen there and if so, why not report them here?
> I cant manage a boat trip but I could drive down there.

I visited Cape Schanck twice on my last visit to Melbourne.  On Tuesday
13 July 1999 during a strong south-easterly gale, I saw Black-browed and
Shy Albatross close in-shore, along with Australasian Gannets and Silver,
Pacific and Kelp Gulls (the Kelp Gull was my first for Victoria.) Later
that week on Friday 16 July it was virtually dead calm, but to my surprise
the (or another) Shy Albatross was still present.

I imagine that Black-browed Albatross will still be present, though you
may need a scope to see them if they aren't inshore; shearwaters should
also have returned by now.

   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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