birding-aus Wollongong NSW Pelagic Trip Report 22 August1999

Subject: birding-aus Wollongong NSW Pelagic Trip Report 22 August1999
From: "P.J. Milburn" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 23:57:27 +1000
Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report, 22 August 1999

Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 17:45 pm.
Sea Conditions: Sea southerly, sea to 1.5 metre on a 1.5 - 2.5 metre swell.
Weather: Cool southerly breeze, partially overcast with long sunny periods.
Air temperature 12 to 19 °C.
Wind:  Southerly, variable, 5 to 15 knots.
Water temperature 16.1 to 18.8 degrees C°.
Primary chumming location 34° 32' S - 151°15' E: Water depth 200 FM


A comfortable trip with large numbers of birds to sort through all day,
especially when chumming in the area being worked by a trawler.  The
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters have returned in force heralding the changing
season.  This was a day of numerous albatross, a total of ten species being
identified from the aggregation of 500+ birds.  The totals of SPECIFICALLY
IDENTIFIED albatross represent a significant underestimate of the total
number of birds on this occasion.  The Brown Skua was observed to have been
banded previously and obligingly pushed its way to the front of the mob
behind the boat enabling its capture with a pole net by the SOSSA banders.
The bird was banded in September 1995 at sea east of Wollongong by the same
SOSSA banders!  Additionally, an Antipodean and a Gibson's Albatross were
captured and banded.

Birds recorded:

Species code:   Species name:   Numbers:

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

929 Southern Giant Petrel  Macronectes gigantius 4 (2)
937 Northern Giant Petrel M. halli 1 (2) 1 sub-adult, 1 juvenile
080 Cape Petrel Daption capense australe 150+ (87)
073 Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma m. macroptera 3 (2)
077 White-headed Petrel P. lessonii 5 (1)
971 Solander's Petrel P. solandri 20 (15)
081 BLUE PETREL Halobaena caerulea 4 (3)
083 Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur 35+ (15+)
084 ANTARCTIC PRION  P. desolata 1
069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater Puffinus pacificus 40 (15)
068 Fluttering Shearwater  P. gavia 28 (14)
913 Hutton's Shearwater  P. huttoni 9 (3)
086 WANDERING ALBATROSS Diomedea exulans 2 (2)
846 ANTIPODEAN ALBATROSS  D. antipodensis 2 (1),  adult female (i.e. Stage
2 juvenile!) and  adult male.
847 Gibson's Albatross D. gibsoni 28 (27)
088 Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys 35 (15)
859 Campbell Albatross T. impavida 130+(5)
091 Shy Albatross T. cauta 2 (1)
861 White-capped Albatross T. steadi 9 (4)
863 CHATHAM ALBATROSS T. eremita 1 ADULT !!!!!!!!
864 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross T. carteri 50 (38)
090 GREY-HEADED ALBATROSS T. chrysostoma 1 first year.  Approx. 7 miles out
on return trip.
065 White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina 1
104 Australasian Gannet Morus serrator 4 (1)
980 Brown Skua Catharacta lonnbergi 1
981 Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus 2 (2)
125 Silver Gull  L. novaehollandiae 200 (150)
114 White-fronted Tern  Sterna striata 3 (3)
115 Crested Tern  S. bergii 185+ (175+)

 In the harbour

099 Little Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax melanoleucos 3

29 species of seabird identified outside the breakwater.


None identified.

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 (NB 4th SATURDAY from Jan
2000) 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 for Sydney and Wollongong and Barbara Jones for Eden.

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
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