NSW Sea watch from Mistral Pt, Maroubra - Sydney 17th Feb 07

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Subject: NSW Sea watch from Mistral Pt, Maroubra - Sydney 17th Feb 07
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 17:20:01 +1100
Late yesterday afternoon (about 4 to 7 pm on 17 February 2007), David
Mitford, Stuart Pickering and I enjoyed a fairly good sea watch from
Mistral Pt in Maroubra, (approx. 10 km south of Sydney CBD) with mainly
moderate north to north-easterly winds prevailing that afternoon.

Our highlights included a Streaked Shearwater heading south about 5:30
pm and good numbers of Long-tailed Jaegers. The number of Wedge-tailed
Shearwaters seen was quite low compared to our previous visits to
Maroubra. We had seen no more than 40 Wedge-tailed Shearwaters before
the Streaked Shearwater flew past. Streaked Shearwaters are usually
present off Sydney in usually small numbers around January to March. I
have been told that over a hundred Streaked Shearwaters were seen on a
sea watch from North head (Sydney) about a year ago. At 7 pm, David and
I saw a single flock of at least 17 Long-tailed Jaegers heading north
with smaller numbers of up to 6 birds together at other times that
afternoon. This is the second largest number of Long-tailed Jaegers I
have seen from Maroubra. My highest count of Long-tails on any one day
was 64 birds on 26th February 2005 from Magic Pt, Maroubra.

Our list of sea birds for our afternoon sea watch included the following

Fairy Penguin (heard calling)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (100)
Short-tailed Shearwater (5)
Fluttering Shearwater (4)
Australasian Gannet (45)
Little Pied Cormorant (1)
Little Black Cormorant (1)
Great Cormorant (3)
Pomarine Jaeger (12)
Long-tailed Jaeger (36)
Silver Gull (200)
Crested Tern (30)

Mammals seen:

Unidentified Cetacean (1)

Earlier on, I also spent half an hour looking at shore birds beside
Penrhyn Rd. Saw a couple of Double-banded Plovers in with 10 Red-capped
Plovers, 45 Red-necked Stints, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 45 Bar-tailed
Godwits and 38 Common Terns.

Last Monday on a fairly wet day at Maroubra, David also watched a single
White-necked Petrel (for at least half an hour), 6 Sooty Terns, 35
Flesh-footed Shearwaters etc and Stuart also saw there a couple of Sooty
Terns the following morning. Another White-necked Petrel and a Brown
Booby was also seen from Long Reef (20 or so km north of Maroubra) last


Edwin Vella


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