Wollongong NSW Pelagic Trip Report 22nd January 2000

Subject: Wollongong NSW Pelagic Trip Report 22nd January 2000
From: "P.J. Milburn" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 18:47:05 +1100
Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report, 22nd January 2000

Report prepared by P. Milburn

Departed at 07:30 am and returned at approx. 3.30 pm.
Sea Conditions: Calm initailly with a slight SE swell.  Later SE 2 m on a 2
to 3 m swell.
Weather: Warm and humid; 100% cloud cover initially, sunny later.  Air
temperature 18 to 23 °C.
Wind:  Slight early, rising to 15 to 20 Kts SE later
Water temperature: 18.0 to 22.6 degrees C.
Primary chumming location: 34°29' - 151°18', 20 NM east of Wollongong


An interesting summer trip. The weather turned out to be far less clement
than the overnight forecast had led us to hope and conditions were
difficult for our overseas guests.  Unseasonal sightings of Gibson's
Albatross (distantly) and a second year Shy Albatross (very close) were
exciting.  Sooty Tern numbers continue to be unusually high for these
waters.  A distant view of Gould's Petrel frustrated most on board but we
were ultimately rewarded by brilliant views of a WHITE-NECKED PETREL which
came in close to investigate our berley trail.  SOSSA captured, banded and
released 8 Great-winged Petrels.

Birds recorded:

Species code:   Species name:   Numbers:

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

005 Little Penguin Eudyptula minor 2 (1)
073 Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera gouldi 250+ (200+)
774 White-necked Petrel P. cervicalis 1 (1)
078 Gould's Petrel P. leucoptera 1 (1)
068 Fluttering Shearwater Puffinus. gavia 24 (4)
069 Wedge-tailed shearwater P. pacificus 850+ (350+)
071 Slender-billed Shearwater P. tenuirostris 380+ (100+)
072 Flesh-footed Shearwater P. carneipes 14 (6)
847 Gibson's Albatross D. gibsoni 1 (1)
091 Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta 1 (1)
065 White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina 1
104 Australasian Gannet Morus serrator 1 (1)
981 Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus 5 ( 4)
125 Silver Gull  L. novaehollandiae 45+ (35)
128 Arctic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus 6 (6)
945 Pomarine Jaeger S. pomarinus 25 (10)
115 Crested Tern Sterna bergii 8 (3)
120 Sooty Tern S.fuscata 7 (5)

18 species of seabird identified outside the breakwater.

In the harbour

096 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 2
106 Australian Pelican Pelicanus conspicillatus 3


None recorded.

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 Saturday 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.

NOTE:  As of January 2000 Wollongong Trips will depart on 4th SATURDAY of
each month.

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.P.J. 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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