To: Birding Aus <>
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:45:39 +1000 (EST)
25th June 2006 - Eaglehawk Pelagic Trip Report
  Prepared by M.Roderick
  (same punters as 24th June, see previous message)

  Sunday 25/06/06
    Departed Pirates Bay 0715, returned approx 1545.
  Sea 0.5 to 1m, swell to 2m.
  Winds 10-15 knots from the SW.
  Water temperature approx 16o
  Drifted north from S 43 10 E 148 8 to S 42 58 E 148 10 (these are approximate 
locations only)

  Brief Summary:

  In stark contrast to the day before, things were generally quiet today as far 
as diversity was concerned, perhaps owing to the pleasant, sunny day that we 
had (damn that good weather!). The highlight was undoubtedly the feeding frenzy 
that we encountered just off the Hippolytes, with rafts of mostly Buller's 
Albatross (but also Shy, Black-browed and some Yellow-nosed as well) jostling 
for their share of the bounty - identified by Damien as Redbait Emmelichthys 
nitidus. Joining them were Australasian Gannet diving just metres from the boat 
and numerous Kelp Gulls of all ages. This was a spectacular sight for most of 
us, who are more accustomed to seeing Shearwaters attending feeding frenzies, 
not to mention the Australian Fur Seals that were also herding the fish.

  We began a northwards drift over the shelf from quite a bit further south 
than yesterday. We tried to align ourselves with Tasman Island in an attempt to 
place ourselves in the path of birds that were skirting around it. Things never 
really picked up and the most activity amongst those on board was when a lone 
White-fronted Tern graced us with his presence. This was one of the 
most-photographed birds of the weekend! The numbers of Buller's Albatross were 
probably higher than the previous day. Amongst the Buller's there were also the 
occasional Black-browed and Shy Albatross.

  Brief visits were also made during our drift northwards by a Southern Giant 
Petrel, a Southern Royal Albatross and a single SLENDER-BILLED PRION. Two 
Wandering type Albatross were also seen from a distance.

  Species / counts (numbers in parenthese are the highest count around the boat 
at any one point in time)

    Cape Petrel   15 (5)
  Southern Giant Petrel   1
  Giant Petrel sp.   1
  Great-winged Petrel   5 (1)
  Providence Petrel   1
  Short-tailed Shearwater   1
  Wandering (type) Albatross   2 (1)
  Southern Royal Albatross   1
  Black-browed Albatross   10 (2)
  Buller's Albatross   150+ (10)
  Shy Albatross   20 (3)
  Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross   15 (4)
  Australasian Gannet   15 (8)
  Kelp Gull   40 (10)
  Pacific Gull   2 (1)
  Silver Gull   150+ (25)
  Crested Tern   20 (4)
  White-fronted Tern   1
  Black-faced Cormorant   200 (20)

  Many thanks to Richard for organising the trips (and for leaving us all at 
sea while he swam back to shore to get the next flight to Sydney to get the 
next car to Burren Junction!). Only joking, but he and Inger managed to go from 
the continental shelf off the Hippolytes at 3pm to be in Burren Junction by 6am 
the next morning). To get there they went via boat, hire car, plane and private 
car. Great stuff.

  Thanks also to Damien Farine who is an excellent skipper who runs a very 
well-loved boat and has a superb knowledge of the Eaglehawk area and everything 
associated with it.

  Kind regards,


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