Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 12th February 2000

Subject: Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 12th February 2000
From: Tony Palliser <>
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2000 18:11:43 +1100
Sydney, NSW Pelagic Trip Report 12th February 2000

Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 3.30 pm.
Sea Conditions: Mainly Calm.
Weather: Overcast
Wind: Light winds to 10 Knots
Water temperature 24.4 degrees C on the shelf
Stopped at 34 00' x 151 30'

Those on board,
Stephen Kaye, Robbie & Jim McCoy, H. Maki, S. Sato, Jo Wieneke, Murray Lord, Steve Anyon-Smith, Tom Wilson, Dion Hobcroft, Andrew Stafford, Mark Sanders, Peter & Sue West, Ted Nixon, Dan Shultz and Tony Palliser

As is often the case with February trips there were lots of Shearwater's - mainly Wedge-tailed and flesh-foots with feeding flocks of hundreds seen on the shelf. Great-winged Petrel numbers were thought to be less than usual with numbers estimated to be less than 50 for the day. Highlights included Tahiti Petrel of which two birds were seen (although they could have been the same individual), Gould's Petrel and Buller's Shearwater. Excellent views of SPOTTED DOLPHIN was an exciting mammal tick for most. These dolphins are particularly difficult to identify as the spots are not always visible. The tail shape, size, white lips and white tip to the beak helped to clench the identification.

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

005 Little Penguin 1 (in the harbour)
073 Great-winged Petrel 150-200+ (100+)
078 Gould's Petrel 1
920 TAHITI PETREL 1-2 (1)
068 Fluttering Shearwater 4
913 Hutton's Shearwater 8
000 Flesh-footed Shearwater 600+
075 Buller's Shearwater 1
069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater 1000+
070 Sooty Shearwater 4-5 (2)
071 Short-tailed Shearwater 2
115 Crested Tern 10+ (7)
125 Silver Gull 50+ mostly in the harbour
129 Pomarine Jaeger 8
128 Arctic Jaeger 3
000 Australian Darter 1
099 Pied Cormorant 2
106 Australian Pelican 4


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.

Sydney Pelagics depart on the 2nd Saturday of each month, Wollongong Pelagics depart on the 4th Saturday of each month and Eden trips on the 5th Sunday (4 times per year). Please contact either Tony Palliser Phil Hansbro or Pete Milburn to make a booking for Sydney or Wollongong and Barbara Jones to make a booking for the Eden trips.

Tony Palliser Ph; 02-99001678, 02-94115272 or 0416-095875. 
Pete Milburn: Ph; 02-62551313 or 02-62494326 or 0416-249506.
Barbara Jones: Ph; 02-64957390.  

Tony Palliser

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