Newcastle (Swansea) pelagic 22.1.07

Subject: Newcastle (Swansea) pelagic 22.1.07
From: Phil Hansbro <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 21:49:33 +1100
Hi all

Another great day at sea this time from Swansea. Again we went out 35 nautical miles due East of the Swansea. We had Southerlies from 10-15 knots in the morning to 20-25 knots in the afternoon with a 2M swell. We went on a slower but larger boat that we will probably use for our future pelagics. We left at 7.30am and arrived back at 7.30pm.
Highlights were a White-bellied Storm-Petrel which hung around the
boat for 10 mins. If accepted this will be the 2nd confirmed record
off the NSW coast both records are from Newcastle/Swansea. We also
had at least 5 Gould’s Petrels and again good numbers of Sooty Terns. Another highlight was a Little Shearwater ojn the way back in which
is a first record for the Newcastle area.

We'll publicise additional pelagics for later in the year soon

Totals were:

Great-winged Petrel 10
Gould’s Petrel 5+
White-faced Storm-Petrel 2
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel 3
White-bellied Storm-Petrel 1
Flesh-footed Shearwater 50
Wedge-tailed Shearwater 800
Short-tailed Shearwater 3
Fluttering Shearwater 5
Little Shearwater 1
Aust Gannet 100
Crested Tern 10
Sooty Tern 15+
Pomarine Skua 10+



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