Dunnalley Neck Pelagic Trip, 10 January 2001

Subject: Dunnalley Neck Pelagic Trip, 10 January 2001
From: Tim Reid <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2001 17:44:49 +1100
Report of Dunnalley pelagic trip on 10 January 2001

Group seabird excursion on "Pauletta"; people on board: Jo Weinecke, Rohan Clarke and Rebecca, Ken Cross, his mother and father and brother, Dennis Abbott, Tim Reid, plus an English couple and two men, the name of whom escapes me.

Weather: Fine and sunny (~0/8 cloud). Wind NE force 5-6. Sea F4 with 2m swell from NE rising to 2-3m.

Sea temps 17.3-17.6oC (CSIRO sattellite map gave temperatures of 18.4oC in the area).

Departed Dunnalley jetty 0810, through Marion Narrows at 0835. Reached shelf at 1100 at 42o49'S 148o19'E. Surfed in through Marion Narrows at 1530 (that was fun!). Returned to Dunnalley jetty at 1600.

Many Short-tailed Shearwaters seen, low numbers of albatrosses recorded. Most birds apart from the Procellarias didn't seem very co-operative and were not highly interested in the vessel.

Birds seen (with maximum in brackets):

Wandering Albatross             5(2)
Royal Albatross         1(1)
Shy Albatross                   25(10)
Black-browed Albatross (impavida)       2(1)
                        (subsp)         1(1)
Buller's Albatross              5(3)
Great-winged Petrel (gouldi)    5(1)
White-headed Petrel             5(1)
Providence Petrel               2(1)
Herald Petrel                   1(1) 2nd Tas record
Gould's Petrel                  1(1)
Soft-plumaged Petrel            1(1)
White-chinned Petrel            10(5)
Westland Petrel         1(1)
Short-tailed Shearwater tens of '000s (10,000)
Sooty Shearwater                1(1)
Buller's Shearwater             2(1)
Hutton's Shearwater             7(6)
White-faced Storm-petrel        5(3)
Common Diving-petrel            2(1)
Australasian Gannet             30(20)
Black-faced Shag                5(2)
Dominican Gull          5(2)
Crested Tern                    1(1)
Arctic Jaeger                   1(1)

Additions inside Blackman Bay
Pacific Gull
Silver Gull
Caspian Tern
Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Australasian Pelican
Pied Oystercatcher
Red-necked Stint

Mammals seen
Fur-seal 4
Unidentified large whale 1

Tim Reid.
Nature Conservation Branch (Marine)
Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment
PO Box 44a

phone:  0011-61-3-62336018
fax:    0015-61-3-62333477

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