Wollongong Pelagic Report - October28, 2000

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Subject: Wollongong Pelagic Report - October28, 2000
From: "Roger McGovern" <>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 18:16:19 +1100
Here follows a brief summary of last Saturday's Wollongong Pelagic:
Trip Summary:
Very brisk south-easterlies made this a trip for the strong-hearted (and strong-stomached) and thanks must go to Milburn for standing at the stern in very rough, wet conditions and keeping the chumming going for the entire trip. Certainly the birds appreciated it - as Chris Brandis mentionned, the Short-tailed Shearwaters which will rarely follow a boat, were absolutely ravenous and were on to every morsel of food as soon as it hit the water. The trip was a really good one from a birding standpoint and the many US and British visitors on board had a memorable day.
Highlights of the day included a Common Diving-petrel, a Black-bellied Storm-petrel and an astonishing two Buller's Albatrosses, one a first-year bird (well picked out by Milburn) and the other a second-year bird. Late White-fronted Tern and Yellow-nosed Albatross were noteworthy, as was the total absence of any Pterodroma's which was a first for the regulars on board.
Of great interest was a prion which remained around the boat for about 15-20 minutes and which showed the field characteristics of Fairy Prion but which was noticably paler and appeared to have a significantly shorter and thicker bill than a Fairy Prion. The feeling was that it may well have been a Fulmar Prion, and attempts were made to photograph the bird, albeit unsuccessfully.
Cloudy and cool with a 25-30 knot south-easterly.
Departed at 07.05 and returned at 15.45.
Swell around 3.5-4.0 metres, sea about 2 metres.
Those on Board:
I do not have a passenger list. Regulars that I know were Pete Milburn, Chris Brandis, Rod Gardner and myself. Apologies to others that I have omitted.
Bird List:
Wandering Albatross        8 (4)
Yellow-nosed Albatross   2 (1)
Black-browed Albatross  20 (8)
Shy Albatross                     16 (6)
Fairy Prion                             3 (1)
Prion sp.                                5 (1)
FULMAR PRION ??             {1}
Cape Petrel                           5 (1)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater  25 (5)
Short-tailed Shearwater     1000+
Sooty Shearwater                  3 (1)
Fluttering Shearwater         30 (5)
Hutton's Shearwater             2 (1)
Wilson's Storm-petrel          12 (3)
White-facedStorm-petrel     18 (3)
Australasian Gannet            20 (4)
Silver Gull                              100+
Kelp Gull                                  7 (3)
Crested Tern                          14 (3)
Common Tern                       12 (5)
White-fronted Tern                  1 (1)
Pomarine Jaeger                    1 (1)
One pod of Common Dolphins - numbers difficult to estimate in the conditions.
Roger McGovern
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