Seawatch from Maroubra -13th March 2005

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Subject: Seawatch from Maroubra -13th March 2005
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 20:08:51 +1100

Yesterday afternoon, David Mitford and I spent again a few hours sea watching from Magic Pt, Maroubra (about 10km south of the Sydney CBD). The winds were moderate north-easterly throughout most of the afternoon. With such conditions and the fact that there was cyclonic activity during the week in north QLD and to a lesser extent in NZ, we thought this may produce something very interesting off Magic Pt. This time last year, David and I had good sighting of both White Tern and Grey Ternlet close to Magic Pt. David also saw during the week from near here, another White-necked Petrel and a few Wandering Albatrosses (one of each was seen unusually on a fairly calm day).



However, it was not too be expected during our time there on Sunday, but this does not lessen the chance that something extraordinary may still turn up over the next few days off Sydney. However, we did score another STREAKED SHEARWATER (one of my favourite of all sea birds) amongst a moderate list of other summer sea birds. It appears now that most of the Long-tailed Jaegers have left and making their journey now towards the Arctic circle. Same may also apply to some of the shearwaters. We also saw that afternoon 2 groups of 5 Eastern Curlew (10 in total) making their way up the coast close to shore.


There were also good sightings of a couple of pods of Common Dolphins during the short period of time.


The species and minimum numbers seen from Magic Pt this afternoon were:


Fairy Penguin (2 heard calling below Magic Pt)

Wedge-tailed Shearwater (50)


Fluttering Shearwater (2)

Australasian Gannet (55)

Little Black Cormorant (1)

Pied Cormorant (3)

Arctic Jaeger (3)

Pomarine Jaeger (13)

Silver Gull (150)

Crested Tern (40)


Mammals seen:


Common Dolphin (20)


Hopefully next weekend will bring some more sea watching delights before all our summer friends must make their journey back up north.


Edwin Vella



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