Better late than never, below follows the report of the first pelagic trip
held in a long time from Robe, SA, thanks to John Hatch.
PELAGIC TRIP FROM ROBE, SA, September 22, 2002
SHIP: M.V. NO FEAR
TIME: 7:15 am - 2:45 pm
ROUTE: West-south-west from Robe out about 31 miles and then cruised on a SE
for 10 miles shadowing a Beachport trawler working along the Shelf Break and
back by a northerly route.
Fine, overcast but with sunny periods. Wind 10-15 knots from SE. Swell
l.5/2 metres perhaps
rising a little towards afternoon.
Skipper: David Lawrie. Crew: Mark
Merilyn Brown, Sam Chong, Colin Clark, John Cox, John Hatch, Stuart Hull,
Rob Mousley, Enid
Pascoe, Jeremy Robertson, Colin Rogers, Mike Round, Kevin Simmons, Bob
Symons, Peter Waanders. (17 souls in all)
BIRDS: (Made with the assistance of John Cox, Colin Clark and Colin Rogers):
Wandering Albatross. One adult bird. (About Stage 5 Harrison, Seabirds, Fig.
Royal Albatross. One of each race, Southern and Northern. Both adults.
Southern form was Stage
2-3 Harrison, Seabirds, Fig. 5, p.223.
Black-browed Albatross. Maximum 2, probably 6 in total. Unusually scarce and
no race impavida
Yellow-nosed Albatross. Maximum 20, probably 60 in total. Many immatures.
White-capped (Shy) Albatross. Maximum 40, 100 or more in total. One probable
Northern Giant Petrel. One
Southern Giant Petrel. One
Giant Petrel sp. One
Fluttering Shearwater. No more than 5-10 seen. No Flocks.
Button's Shearwater. Two birds together relatively close to shore.
Short-tailed Shearwater. One bird only.
Flesh-footed Shearwater. Maximum 25, over 150(?) in total. Fed within metres
of the boat.
Cape Petrel. Maximum 7 at once, probably up to 20 in total.
Great-winged Petrel. Perhaps 25 in total, never more than two at once.
White-faced Storm Petrel. Maximum 3, in total perhaps 15.
Fairy Pnon. Very small numbers. Maximum 8. 15 in total.
Antarctic Prion. One bird over deep water. Seen well.
Crested Tern. Common 20-30 in small groups.
White-fronted Tern. One over deeper water.
Fairy Tern. Three at Robe harbour.
Australasian Gannet. Only ten or so. No immatures.
One seal was seen, and a few dolphins.
Waikerie, South Australia
Birding SA website: http://www.riverland.net.au/~peterw/
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