Pacfic Gull at Bondi

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Subject: Pacfic Gull at Bondi
From: "Frank Hemmings" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 09:32:07 +1000
Hi All,
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.
Frank Hemmings
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University of New South Wales
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