Port Stephens Pelagics

Subject: Port Stephens Pelagics
From: Ben Bright <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 22:27:10 +1100 (EST)
I have just arrived in Port Stephens (central NSW) for a month, running a game 
fishing boat and so far the pelagics have been impressive.  The trip down from 
the Gold Coast yielded the usual wedge tailed shearwaters, the odd fluttering 
shearwater, and a couple of pomarine jaegers.  Of note, a lone imm. Wandering 
Albatross was seen wide of Seal Rocks.  After some terrible northerly winds, we 
finally went out just to cabbage tree island yesterday (21st Jan) and saw a 
Streaked shearwater roosting with hundreds of wedge tailed SWs, a new species 
for me.  Today we went out to the shelf (160m) and for the day saw a few Aust 
Gannets, lots of wedge tailed SW's, 3 pomarine jaegers, 4 or 5 sooty terns, 
often an adult with juvenile in tow, a single tahiti petrel, white necked 
petrel and another unidentified petrel (Gould's??), 10 or so fleshy footed 
SW's.  Also seen from a distance was a probable great winged petrel.  I'll be 
doing plenty more continental shelf trips in the coming
 weeks and will keep posting regular reports.

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