NSW Maroubra Sea watch (Sydney's Eastern Suburbs) - 28th May 2006

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Subject: NSW Maroubra Sea watch (Sydney's Eastern Suburbs) - 28th May 2006
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 20:36:38 +1000
May is normally a quite month for sea birds off Sydney but the last few
days has proved the opposite. Conditions have been mainly light
south-westerlies over the last few days but the possible abundance of
food rather than wind conditions have brought in good numbers of birds
to Sydney's coast line.

This afternoon (28/5/06), I did a couple hours sea watch from Magic Pt,
Maroubra (approx. 10 km south of Sydney CBD) and during this time
watched a trawler moving up and down and within a few km off the coast.
Good number of Albatross was following this trawler including about 10
Black-browed and 20 Yellow-nosed Albatross as well as one or two
Short-tailed and several Fluttering Shearwater, a Brown Skua, 2 Kelp
Gulls, many Silver Gulls and some Crested Terns.

In addition to the birds following the trawler, there were hundreds of
Fluttering Shearwaters heading south.

Another highlight was seeing briefly a couple of Humpback Whales heading

My seabird list for the two hours included:

Fairy Penguin (1-2 heard)
Black-browed Albatross (15)
Yellow-nosed Albatross (25)
Short-tailed Shearwater (1-2)
Fluttering Shearwater (300 plus)
Australasian Gannet (200 plus)
Brown Skua (1)
Kelp Gull (2)
Slver Gull (300)
Crested Tern (50)

During the previous two days, David Mitford also recorded a few Giant
Petrels, a few Prions, Arctic Jaeger, Great-winged Petrel and a few
False Killer Whales. 

Edwin Vella


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