Eden (NSW) Pelagic Report 31 Oct 2005

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Subject: Eden (NSW) Pelagic Report 31 Oct 2005
From: "O'Brien, Rory" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 17:22:42 +1100
Hi all,

Here's the Eden pelagic trip report from last Monday 31 October 2005.

OBSERVERS: Andrew Wegener (organiser), Nicolas Day, Frank Rheindt, Rory 
O'Brien, Evan Jarman, Gino Pascuzzo, Ellen Pascuzzo, John Smith, Angela 

WEATHER: Overcast most of am, clearing at about 11.00am for 15 min. Good 
visibility all am. Cool with steady SE wind of 15-20 knots offshore decreasing 
to 10-15 knots inshore.

SEA: 2-2.5 m irregular swell with 1 m chop.

ACTIVITY: Sailed at 0805 EST (Daylight Savings). Headed SE from Eden wharf. 
Stopped at 9.42am to observe Southern Giant-Petrel at 37º05 S 149º58 E (26.6 
fathoms). Stopped and berleyed with shark liver at 11.00am at 37º06.41'S 
150º00.68'E, also at 37º12.61'S 150º05.08'E at 11.20am (45 fathoms), departed 
at 11.40pm from the last location (about 8nm from coast)and returned to wharf 
at 12.05pm.


Australian Fur Seal: 3 singles in total on outward trip, one at 9.06am at 37º06 
S 150º01 E (37.6 fathoms).

Common Dolphins: a pod of 2 at 8.53am at (33.2 fathoms) on outward trip, riding 
the bow.

Humpback Whale: About 8 adults seen. Close observation of spectacular feeding 
behaviour by an adult.

BIRDS: Highlights of the day were: Pomarine Jaeger. Other highlights: Northern 
Royal Albatross and Wandering Albatross.

Little Penguin:  1 in bay on outward trip

Fluttering Shearwater: 250+ first seen at 9.00 am at 37º05 S 149º59 E (26.2 
fathoms), steady stream of flocks inshore

Hutton's Shearwater: 1 inshore amongst Fluttering Shearwaters at 10.11am

Wedge-tailed Shearwater: 300+, a dozen+ followed boat when berley released

Short-tailed Shearwater: Low 100's outer inshore

Sooty Shearwater: 1 amongst Wedge-tailed Shearwaters

Flesh-footed Shearwater: 2 amongst Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, first seen at 

Southern Giant-Petrel: 1 outer inshore at 8.42am at 37º05 S 149º58 E (26.6 
fathoms) on water

Wandering Albatross: 1 first seen at 8.46am at 37º05 S 149º58 E (26.6 
fathoms)outer inshore, 8 individuals in total; on plumage 1 adult exulans and 7 
gibsoni, one gibsoni at 37º06.04 S 149º59.06 E (31.9 fathoms)most offshore. 
Three on the water together at most times, at stern.

Northern Royal Albatross: 1 adult, followed boat, landed on water at stern next 
to Wandering Albatross.

Black-browed Albatross: 2, all sub-adults impavida.

Shy Albatross cauta: 2 sub-adult, first one at 9.16am at 37º07.69 S 150º02.24 E 
(40.2 fathoms).

Yellow-nosed Albatross: 1 adult, 1 imm.

Australasian Gannet: 8 adults, 2 sub-adult inshore

Great Cormorant: 2 near wharf

Little Pied Cormorant: 1 at wharf

Black-faced Cormorant: 1 in bay when returning

Australian Pelican: 3 at wharf

Pomarine Jaeger: 2 offshore, the first at 10.48am at 37º12.35 S 150º05.00 E, 
last on return trip

Arctic Jaeger: 4 offshore

Pacific Gull: 1 imm at wharf

Silver Gull: 10 adults at wharf

Crested Tern: 1-2 inshore, 6 offshore

White-breasted Sea-Eagle: 1 inshore

Welcome Swallow: 1 at wharf


Rory O'Brien

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