birding-aus Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 26th September 1999

Subject: birding-aus Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 26th September 1999
From: "Tony PALLISER" <>
Date: 28 Sep 99 08:51:50 +1000
Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 26th September 1999     
Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 4.30 pm.         
Sea Conditions: Calm         
Weather: Warm, overcast and some rain.       
Wind: Winds:  ESE very light       
Water temperature: Unavailable      
A pleasant but rather slow day.  Some of the winter specialities having 
already moved south.  Particularly noticeable was the lack of Yellow-nosed 
Albatross, Fairy Prion and White-fronted Tern.  Highlights for most during 
the day included a Black Noddy (first record for Wollongong) and of course 
the ever popular Wandering Albatross - including the races (or species if 
following the proposed new taxonomy)  exulans, gibsoni and antipodensis a 
few of which were captured and banded by the SOSSA team on board prior to 
release.  And this is where the real excitement came in, as one of the 
small antipodean type birds had a distinct dark cutting edge to the bill 
and a greenish ungues.  At the time Amsterdam Albatross was mentioned but 
knowing how rare these birds are globally (possible as few as 70 
individuals) we were all in some doubt or at least a state of disbelief. 
After comparing measurements and photographs upon returning though it was 
clear that we had indeed captured what may become Australia's first 
confirmed AMSTERDAM ISLAND ALBATROSS Diomedea amsterdamensis.  So once 
again this trip will go down in the history books as one the all time  
Those on board,       
Paul & Ann Foxworthy, Tania Ireton, Ossie Tee, David Mitford, Andrew 
Stafford, Colleen Sutherland, Pete Milburn, Tony Palliser, Lindsay 
Smith and the team from Emu Tours.  
(Note: numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)       
086 Wandering Albatross 21   
-----086 exulans 1-2      
-----847 gibsoni 10+ (7)        
-----846 antipodensis 3-4 (2) 
091 Shy Albatross 4    
-----091 cauta 3 (3)   
088 Black-browed Albatross 8       
-----088 melanophrys 2 (2)        
-----859 impavida 2    
073 Great-winged Petrel 4       
971 Providence Petrel 20+ (5)       
929 Southern Giant Petrel 1-2      
984 Cape Petrel 30+ (15)     
065 White-faced Storm Petrel 1        
068 Fluttering Shearwater 10+    
913 Hutton's Shearwater 25+       
069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater 250+ (100+)  
070 Sooty Shearwater 3 
071 Short-tailed Shearwater 4  
104 Australasian Gannet 5-10        
125 Silver Gull 400+   
981 Kelp Gull 4 (2)      
953 Common Tern 4 (4)  
115 Crested Tern 30+ (15+) 
124 BLACK NODDY 1    
097 Little Black Cormorant 1  
106 Australasian Pelican 8 (8)       
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 for the rest of 1999. 
Eden Pelagics are 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         

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