Great Shearwater

Subject: Great Shearwater
From: "Evan Beaver" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 16:02:20 +1100
It does sound a ripper trip. I was grumpy for a second, because I had no idea where Port MacDonnell was. Then I dropped your grid reference into Google earth, problem solved.
The Shearwater wasn't shown on the map though.

On 2/28/06, Jeremy Robertson <> wrote:
An excellent pelagic from Port MacDonnell on Sunday 26 February the
star bird being a single Great Shearwater 22.9 nm off Port MacDonnell
(S38 25' 29" E140 34' 18") that was watched and photographed for over
an hour on the water (6-50m) and in flight. A first for everyone
aboard including the venerable John Cox, John Hatch and Colin Rogers.
Others aboard were Colin Clark, Peter Koch, Judith Dyer, John Berggy,
Andrew Plimer, Sarah Lambert, Sarah Burgess and myself.

Other good birds were three species of skua (3 Arctic, 1 Pomarine and
2 Long-tailed), 1 Buller's Albatross, 8 Wandering Albatross, 25 Shy
Albatross, 20 Black-browed Albatross, 35 Yellow-nosed Albatross, 30
White-faced Storm-petrels, 1 White-chinned Petrel, 1 Northern Giant
Petrel, 20 Great-winged Petrel, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Hutton's
Shearwater, 700 Flesh-footed Shearwaters, 15 Short-tailed
Shearwaters, 4 Fluttering Shearwaters. Plus the usual Silver Gulls,
Crested Terns and Australian Gannets.

Overall a fantastic trip!

Dr Jeremy Robertson
School of Biological Sciences
Flinders University
G.P.O. Box 2100
South Australia 5001
Tel: 08 8201 2034
Fax: 8201 3015

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Evan Beaver
Lapstone, Blue Mountains
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