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From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Subject: Eden Pelagic Trip Report, 6-7 November 2004
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 21:21:19 +1100
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Eden (NSW) Pelagic Trip Report Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 November 2004
Details of the trip including images can be found on =
Highlights included KILLER WHALES and BULLER'S SHEARWATER.
Freedom Charter's Connemara was chartered for two days out of Eden,
Saturday's weather was dominated by a moderate SW with a wind of 15-20 =
knots and seas of 1.0-2.0m with a 0.5m swell. There was some rain in
afternoon. Sunday started fine with 0.5m swell and a light SW wind of =
less than 10 knots rising by mid afternoon to about 20 knots and
According to the CSIRO Sea Surface Temperature website, a warm-core
of the East Australian Current was present offshore with its southern =
front about equal in latitude to Eden and the western extreme skirting =
the edge of the continental shelf just beyond the 200m drop off. At sea
this manifested itself as a rise in over 1 degree Celsius peaking at =
between 18.7 and 19 degrees over the shelf. Many of the birds and =
cetaceans on Sunday, when the weather was fine, were seen along current
lines in water depths of between about 150 and 300m.
Altogether a fantastic weekend of pelagic birding and cetaceans.
the weather Saturday was an extraordinary day with literally hundreds
thousands of shearwaters. Short-tailed and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters in =
about equal numbers were present around the vessel in thousands for
of the day but particularly within two hours of leaving Eden. Also =
present were large numbers of Flesh-footed Shearwaters and Fluttering =
Shearwaters with some Hutton's Shearwaters. Several feeding frenzies =
were observed including one with Common Dolphins and Australian Fur =
Seals. Albatrosses were mainly Campbell (no Melanophrys were seen)
slightly fewer numbers of Shy. Several Gibson's were seen, mainly
but one immature plumage bird and one intermediate. On return to Eden
the afternoon, an Eastern Reef Egret standing on the rock revetments at
the harbour was a surprise.
On Sunday bird numbers were significantly lower but arriving at the =
shelf the water temperature rose and current lines appeared along which
several groups of Common Dolphins and many seabirds were seen. This =
culminated in the highlight of the weekend, a group of 10-12 Killer =
Whales as well as a Buller's Shearwater seen well close to the vessel. =
Albatrosses were again mainly Black-browed (Campbell Albatross) and Shy
Albatross but more Gibson's were seen further offshore including about
birds during a berley stop. This also resulted in the appearance of =
several White-chinned Petrels.
On board Connemara were Simon Mustoe, Dave Donnelly, Adrian Howard, =
Megan Morris, Jason Edwards, Chris (Lekos) and Bronwyn, Sue Mason, John
Mason, Peter Constable, Phil Tubbs.
CHECKLIST OF SEABIRDS AND CETACEANS (Apologies I have not bothered to =
put these in strict taxonomic order).
Saturday 6 Nov.
Sunday 7 Nov.
Unidentified Gadfly Petrel
Southern Giant Petrel
Black-browed Albatross sp.
28 (all observed were impavida)
80 (all observed were impavida)
Shy Albatross (steadi / cauta)
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Eastern Reef Egret
Australian Fur Seal
Oceanic (offshore) Bottlenose Dolphin
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