More Port Stephens Pelagics

Subject: More Port Stephens Pelagics
From: Ben Bright <>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 08:54:14 +1100 (EST)
Over the last week, I have had 5 trips to the shelf marlin fishing.  The water 
has warmed considerably, with lots of bait schools present, attracting 
thousands of wedge tailed shearwaters and a few other surprises.  So far there 
hasn't been a single day without seeing at least one Wandering Albatross.  
Great winged petrels are becoming quite common, with 40 odd seen on Tuesday. 
There are still a few Sooty terns around and I saw a single unidentified storm 
petrel from a distance.  Fleshy footed SWs are seen every day (40 - 50 msot 
days) and I also saw a Gould's Petrel on two separate days.  Most days I see a 
couple of shearwaters with light coloured underwings, although my inexperience 
with them leaves them unidentified.  Usually they are seen fron a hundred 
metres or more and I cannot confidently separate them between little or 
fluttering.  Maybe someone could give me some tips.  Also of interest are the 
numbers of dolphins seen every day - these creatures have got the best
 life and always come over to inspect the boat and show off like they are in 
Sea World!!

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