Went down to Ben Buckler (headland at northern end
of Bondi Beach) last Saturday (25/6) morning in hope of seeing some good
seabirds in slightly rough weather and stayed for an hour. Highlight was a
Pacific Gull which flew past twice (actually flew over where I was standing)
with great views. Massive bill was diagnostic, pinkish-horn coloured with
dark tip across both mandibles, pale rump and darker tail showing indistinct
darker band. A Northern Giant petrel flew almost overhead, and appeared in
the same view with the Pacific Gull. Also one definite Campbell Albatross
close in, some Black-browed Albatrosses ( too hard to tell with ones
furthest ouf if they were Campbells or not), and one also close to shore giving
great views. Lots of Fluttering Shearwaters heaing south.
I returned later in the afternoon for a short
whicle and added good views of two Black-nosed Albatrosses, at times very close
to shore giving great views in strong late afternoon sunlight.
Also the usual Silver Gulls, Crested Terns, and
quite a few Gannets. Cheers.
John T. Waterhouse
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental
University of New South Wales
Tel +61 2 9385 3274
Fax +61 2 9385