Eden (NSW) Pelagic trip May 30 2004

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Subject: Eden (NSW) Pelagic trip May 30 2004
From: Barbara Jones <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 11:02:14 +1000

Eden (NSW) Pelagic Trip 30th May 2004

On board The Connemarra were Barbara Allen, Eric Andrew, David and Kathy Cook, Matt Herring, Bill Hetherington, Terry Koroday, Marlene Lyell, Grant Penrhyn, David Webb. Skipper, Manfred Noether.

A cool to cold day with generally light SSW winds 10-15knts,
A calm sea with swell of 1-1.5m
Clear and sunny in the mornining with cloud building after lunch
Water temps ranging from 17.5 - 21.5C

Heading out in an easterly direction through Twofold Bay we quickly picked up our first pelagic birds, Yellow-nosed and Shy Albatross, Giant Petrel and a large mixed flock of Hutton's (10%) and Fluttering Shearwaters (90%). We continued to collect more numbers as we cruised to our first stop in 45 fathoms including Brown Skua, Black-browed Albatross, Campbells Albatross and the first of several Bullers Albatross (usually uncommon on Eden trips). At this point we released a young male Northern Giant Petrel that had been found exhausted and taken into care the previous week. Travelling further east to the edge of the shelf we cut the engine and drifted out to 250 fathoms. Bird numbers continued to increase adding Wandering Albatross, Providence Petrel, Great-winged Petrel, Fairy Prion, Sooty Shearwater and 1 Grey-backed Storm Petrel. On the return trip we added a lone Cape Petrel. Silver Gull, Crested Tern and Gannet were present all day. A total of 19 species were seen outside of the bay.

Northern Giant Petrel 4 (2)
Giant Petrel Sp 6
Cape Petrel 1 (1)
Great-winged Petrel 1 (1)
Providence Petrel 3 (3)
Fairy Prion 60 (20)
Short-tailed Shearwater 1 (1)
Fluttering Shearwater c300
Hutton's Shearwater c30
Wandering Albatross 1 (stage1) + 1 probably gibsoni (stage 5)
Black-browed Albatross 2 (2)
                     impavida 2 (2)
Shy Albatross cauta 130+
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross 5 (2)
Grey-backed Storm Petrel 1 (1)
Australasian Gannet 80+
Brown Skua 10 (10)
Silver Gull
Crested Tern

Inside Twofold Bay
Great Egret 1
White-bellied Sea Eagle 4
Pacific Gull 9
Australian Pelican 2
Eastern Reef Egret 1
Black-faced Cormorant 70

Australian Fur Seal 2
Common Dolphin 30+

For bookings from Eden contact Barbara Jones on or David Webb on or phone 02 6495 7390. Next dates are August 29 and October 31.

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