Maroubra Headland (Sydney NSW) - Saturday 6th August 2005
"Edwin Vella" <>
Sat, 6 Aug 2005 08:33:53 +1000
David Mitford and I enjoyed a good afternoon ( to17:00) yesterday (Saturday 6th August 2005) sea
watching from Magic Pt at Maroubra (approx. 10km south of Sydney CBD).
Conditions were fairly calm on Saturday (following a good southerly breeze the
previous day), producing an average number of species for the winter including
3 species of Albatross with the highlight being 2 Wandering Albatross.
Yellow-nosed Albatross was the common of the 3 species where they tend to be
more numerous around the afternoon closer to the coast (judging by our past
experience). A couple of Giant Petrels, several Brown Skua and other seabirds
were also seen that afternoon.
Other interesting birds seen around the Maroubra headland included
brief but awesome views of a LEWINS RAIL walking out in the open between reeds
(beside the drain near the southern end of MaroubraBeach. No tape playback was used
but a few minutes of patience. This bird was first noticed when it made its
usual “jit..jit..jit..jit..” calls just before dusk), a covey of
about 6 Brown Quail (most appeared to be young birds and small almost King
Quail size), an Eastern Reef Egret (grey phase), a sub-adult White-bellied
Sea-eagle (passing by 2km out at sea), the usual very cooperative pair of
Australian Kestrels (very photogenic), a pair of Sooty Oystercatchers and a few
uncooperative Southern Emu-wrens in the heath land.
We also saw at least 3 Common Dolphins and a very brief view of an
unidentified cetacean (possibly a black fish – False Killer Whale
perhaps!) a few km out at sea.
A list of seabirds species and the minimum
numbers seen for the afternoon from Magic Pt is as follows: