birding-aus Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 14th August 1999

Subject: birding-aus Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 14th August 1999
From: palliser <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 19:51:15 +1000
Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 14th August 1999   
Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 4.00 pm.       
Sea Conditions: Slight swell to 1 1/2 metres.       
Weather: fine and cool.     
Wind: Variable winds  NW-SW     
Water temperature 17.9 to 19.2 degrees C.    
Another pleasant trip, although a broken waterpump impellor just 
outside Sydney heads caused a few eyebrows to raise. This resulted 
in a detour back to sheltered waters near Manly to conduct repairs, 
this was done and an hour or so later we were on our way out to sea. 
Moored close inshore a few land birds could be heard or seen to add 
to the days tally including: Red Wattlebird, Little Wattled,  
Sulpher-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorrikeet, White-browed Scrub Wren, 
Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, New Holland Honeyeater, Peregrine 
Falcon and White-breasted Sea Eagle.  At sea the species list was 
more in tune with a typical August trip.  No major rarities but  
brilliant views of White-headed Petrel and plenty of albatross  
provided the many visitors on board with good opportunities for  
photography and for most lifers.  One bird was seen that may well  
have been a FULMAR but the views were too bad to be certain and will 
go in my note-book as a bird of untickable views.    
Those on board,     
David Bertram, Andrew Callender, David Frew, Sofia Frew, Rod Gardner, Ernest 
Garcia, Rib Goldbach, Evelyn Goldbach, Dion Hobcroft, Iain Ewing, David 
Matson, Murray Lord, Claus Neilson, David O'Dell, Tony Palliser, Susie 
Pearson, Hugh Prior, Richard Prior, Phillip Rankin, Phil Rostron, Tab Shimba
& Friend, Andrew Stafford, Allan Stevenson, Ellen Strauss, Jim Strauss and
(Note: numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)     
086 Wandering Albatross 15+      
-----847 gibsoni 10+ (4)      
-----846 antipodensis 3 (2)  
--- others 1 (stage 1 bird)     
864 Yellow-nosed Albatross (bassi) 10+ (5)     
091 Shy Albatross 10+ (3) 
-----091 cauta 8+ (3) 
-----862 salvini 2 (1)      
088 Black-browed Albatross 15-20 (8)     
-----088 melanophrys type 10-15+      
-----859 impavida 2 (1)     
073 Great-winged Petrel 2 (1)     
971 Providence Petrel 40-50+ (6)     
077 WHITE-HEADED PETREL 10 (2)     
937 Northern Giant Petrel 2 
929 Southern Giant Petrel 1    
--- Giant Petrel Sp. 2     
984 Cape Petrel 15+ (8)   
083 Fairy Prion 3 (1)     
--- Prion Sp 1 
065 White-faced Storm Petrel 5-10 (3)      
068 Fluttering Shearwater 20?+ (mixed flock) 
913 Hutton's Shearwater 150?+ (mixed flock)     
980 Great Skua 1 
104 Australasian Gannet 6 (1)     
125 Silver Gull 40+     
114 White-fronted Tern 1 (adult)    
115 Crested Tern 30+ (15+)  
100 Little Pied Cormorant 2 (in the harbour)     
Common Dolphin 30+ 
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.  

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