birding-aus Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 27th November 1999

Subject: birding-aus Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 27th November 1999
From: Tony Palliser <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 22:35:46 +1100
Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 27th November 1999

Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 4.00 pm.
Sea Conditions: Uncomfortable (well for me).
Weather: Overcast
Wind: South East winds to 20 Knots
Water temperature NA

Those on board,
Phil Hansbro, Pete Milburn, Richard Baxter, Damien Baxter, Ray Everett, David Brown, Doug Futuyma, Graham Barwell, Andrew Stafford and Tony Palliser

A rather special November trip, good numbers of birds and particularly good numbers of Wandering Albatross. Courtesy of the overnight Southerly. All the birds put on a remarkable performance including at least 4 Black Petrel, 7 Gould's Petrel, 3 Black-bellied Storm Petrel, 1 Buller's Shearwater and around 10 Long-tailed Jaegers. Photographic opportunities were ideal (providing one could manage to hold ones stomach tight). Although, I think I was the only one feeling sick - still managed to get some great photos.

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

005 Little Penguin 1 (just outside the harbour)
086 Wandering Albatross 40+ (mostly stage 3 and 4)
-----847 gibsoni 35(35)
-----086 exulans 3(3)
088 Black-browed Albatross 8(3)
-----088 melanophrys? 5
-----859 impavida 3(1)
073 Great-winged Petrel 150-200+ (100+)
971 Providence Petrel 1
063 Wilson's Storm Petrel 10+ (6)
065 White-faced Storm Petrel 30(20)
066 Black-bellied Storm Petrel 3(3)
913 Hutton's Shearwater 2
072 Flesh-footed Shearwater 30(20)
069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater 150(100)+
070 Sooty Shearwater 10(3)
071 Short-tailed Shearwater 1000+(3-400)
115 Crested Tern 10+ (6)
125 Silver Gull 50+
981 Kelp Gull 2 (2 adult)
129 Pomarine Jaeger 20(10)
128 Arctic Jaeger 3-4(1)
933 Long-tailed Jaeger 6-10 (4)
104 Australasian Gannet 4
106 Australian Pelican 11(11)
096 Great Cormorant 4 (in the harbour)


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 5th Sunday - 4 times a year. Bookings to <> Barbara Jones or Ph (02) 6495 7390.

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