birding-aus Sydney, NSW Pelagic Report 13th November 1999

Subject: birding-aus Sydney, NSW Pelagic Report 13th November 1999
From: Tony Palliser <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 1999 19:24:51 +1100
Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 13th November 1999

Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 3.30 pm.
Sea Conditions: Mainly Calm.
Weather: Warm and Sunny
Wind: Northerly winds to 15 Knots
Water temperature 19.4 degrees C on the shelf
Stopped at 34 00' x 151 30'

Those on board,
Gail Adam, Ulrik Andersen & Family, Anne Cooper, Steve Anyon-Smith, Michael Barton, David Bertram, Becky Dine, Keith Fairclough, Robert Faulkner, Phil Hansbro, Nigel Hartley, Nick Hodges, Robert & Anne Jarvis, Stephen Kaye, Gil Langfield, Roger McGovern, Fred & Jill Marshallsay, Ruth Melville, Ted Nixon, Tony Palliser, Janet Park, Dave Sargeant & Friend, Ian Smith, Andrew Stafford, Paul Taylor, Duncan Wallbridge and Stuart White

A rather typical November trip, but somewhat packed with birders - most enjoyed the day with some great opportunities for photographing Albatross and Petrels. Good numbers of Short-tailed Shearwater were observed making their annual migration South and good numbers of Great-winged Petrel - no doubt recent arrivals from NZ. As usual for November the BLACK PETRELS were the highlight with up to three individuals putting on a fine display. Of concern perhaps, was the complete lack of Flesh-footed Shearwater and only two Pomarine Jaegers.

Also of interest were the excellent views of 'body slamming' Risso's Dolphin. Good numbers of Wilson's Storm Petrel and a penguin just outside the heads also delighted the many visitors on board.

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

005 Little Penguin 1 (just outside the heads)
086 Wandering Albatross 10-12 (mostly stage 4)
-----847 gibsoni 9-12 (9)
088 Black-browed Albatross 10+(6)
-----088 melanophrys? 5+
-----859 impavida 5 (3)
091 Shy Albatross 1
-----091 cauta 1
073 Great-winged Petrel 150-200+ (100+)
971 Providence Petrel 1
984 Cape Petrel 12-15 (11)
917 BLACK PETREL 3-4 (3)
063 Wilson's Storm Petrel 10+ (8)
065 White-faced Storm Petrel 4 (4)
068 Fluttering Shearwater 4
913 Hutton's Shearwater 1 (only seen by a few)
069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater 30+
070 Sooty Shearwater 10-20 (4)
071 Short-tailed Shearwater 5000-10,000 (migrating parties)
115 Crested Tern 10+ (7)
125 Silver Gull 20+ mostly in the harbour
128 Pomarine Jaeger 1
104 Australasian Gannet 4
106 Australian Pelican 3

Risso's Dolphin 8-10
Common Dolphin  6
Bottle-nosed Dolphin ?

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 with the next trip scheduled for the 16th October 1999. Wollongong Pelagics depart on the 4th Sunday of each month, although there will be a change to the 4th Saturday of each month throughout 2000. Eden Pelagics will continue to be 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 Work.

Eden Pelagics are run on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Bookings to <> Barbara Jones or Ph (02) 6495 7390.

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