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
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
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
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
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