Kermadec Petrel

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Subject: Kermadec Petrel
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 21:53:09 +1000
Hi Birders,

It is not for me to write up a report of the Newcastle pelagic held on 10/4/05. However in the light of what Roger McGovern said about Kermadec Petrels on the Sydney pelagic on 9/4/05, it is of interest to note that at a distance of 42 nautical miles, ESE of Newcastle on the pelagic, we saw three seperate individual Kermadec Petrels (identified by their differeht plumages). One bird was a pale morph, one an interemediate morph and the other was somewhere between!

Up to 2002 there had been only 15 confirmed records for NSW. There have been a few more since, and subsequentlky the NSW Records Appaisal Committee have removed them from the Review List from 2005. Thank goodness!

We did not encounter any Soft-plumaged Petrels (lucky chaps!) but we did get a White-necked Petrel, 2+ Black-bellied Storm-Petrels and a very young, brown Wandering Albatross amongst the other seabirds seen.

Alan Morris
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