Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip, 12 March 2001

Subject: Eaglehawk Neck Pelagic Trip, 12 March 2001
From: Tim Reid <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 10:22:32 +1100
Report of Eaglehawk Neck pelagic trip on 12 March 2001

Group seabird excursion on "Pauletta"; people on board: Rob Berry, Gail Berry, Stuart Dashper, Chris Lester, Rohan Clarke, Laurie Jones (Victoria), David Stewart, Barbara Stewart, Ross Mullholland, Bill Sleight, Marilyn Rix, Keri Rix (NSW), Jan Smith (USA), Bill Wakefield and Tim Reid (Tas).

Weather: Initially fine (2/8 cloud) with ~10 knot NW wind and 2m swell from NE. At 0850 a SW front came through with wind increasing to 20-30 knots and seas rising to state 4 with 2m sea from SW.

Sea temps 18.2-19.1oC (CSIRO satellite map gave temperatures of 19.1oC in the area).

Departed Eaglehawk Neck jetty 0726, arrived Hippolyte Rock 0810. Reached shelf edge 0900 at 43o11S 148o09E. Worked north-west along shelf edge and beyond until ~1200 then zig-zagged in and out a couple of times. Arrived back at Eaglehawk Neck jetty about 1530.

Many Short-tailed Shearwaters seen just beyond Hippolyte Rock and beyond, numbers of albatrosses observed just before the front past, but generally low numbers after that.

Birds seen (with maximum in brackets):

Wandering Albatross             4(2)
Southern Royal Albatross        3(1)
Shy Albatross                   30(5)
Buller's Albatross              20(4)
Yellow-nosed Albatross  20(5)
Giant-petrel sp.                1(1)
Great-winged Petrel (macroptera)        20(3)
White-headed/Soft-plumaged Petrel               1(1)
Gould's Petrel                  1(1)
?Gould's Petrel?                3(1)
Prion sp (Fairy?)               1(1)
White-chinned Petrel            5(2)
Short-tailed Shearwater 10 000 (1000)
Sooty Shearwater                2(1)
Hutton's Shearwater             1(1)
Fluttering Shearwater           1(1)
Fluttoni                        1(1)
Grey-backed Storm-petrel        2(1)
Common Diving-petrel            20(1)
Australasian Gannet             15(2)
Black-faced Shag                10(2)
Dominican Gull          5(1)
Pacific Gull                    5(2)
Silver Gull                     5(1)
Crested Tern                    2(2)
Great Skua                      1(1)
Little Penguin                  1(1)

On Hippolyte Rock
Dominican Gull  5
Silver Gull             20
Australasian Gannet     50
Black-faced Shag        500

Additions inside Pirates Bay
Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Pied Oystercatcher
Masked Lapwing

Mammals seen
Australian Fur-seal 100 on Hippolyte Rock
Common Dolphin 20

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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