quick-changing seabirds

Subject: quick-changing seabirds
From: Rod Gardner <>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 12:42:56 +1000
Hi birding-ausers,

Here's an illustration of how quickly things can change when it comes to

I didn't make it to Saturday's Sydney pelagic (see Tony's report), but
overnight a strong south-easterly wind picked up (i.e. onshore), and in
a couple of hours of watching from Mistral Point, Maroubra, in the south-
east of Sydney, (split between morning and evening) the following good
birds were seen that weren't seen on Saturday: an immature Brown Noddy,
an adult Sooty Tern, fifteen (yes, fifteen) Long-tailed Jaegers (which
compared nicely with just five each of Pomarine and Arctic). There was
also a single Great-winged Petrel. Early this morning an out-of-season
sub-adult Black-browed Albatross (melanophrys) passed by.

Didn't quite make up for dipping on the Tahiti Petrel, which would have
been a lifer, but almost, with the two terns being seabird species
51 and 52 for Maroubra.

Rod Gardner

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