Eaglehawk Neck (Tasmania) Pelagic - 25 February 2007

Subject: Eaglehawk Neck (Tasmania) Pelagic - 25 February 2007
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2007 18:31:18 +1100

GROUP:          Peter Britton, Mike Bysouth, Keith and Lindsay Fisher, 
Clive Garland, Chris and Rosemary Lester, Jann and Ross Mulholland, Colin 
Myers, Stuart Pell, Bill Wakefield.

VESSEL/SKIPPER: Pauletta - John Males with deckie, Dale.

WEATHER:                Initially, fine with light cloud and a SSW wind of 
10 knots. In the afternoon, the weather became sunny with no cloud and a S 
wind of less than 5 knots.

SEA:                    Initially, slight sea with 1 - 2 m swell and then 
decreasing to a 1 m swell with no chop in the afternoon.

ACTIVITY:               Sailed 07.20 from Pirates Bay (PB) at Eaglehawk 
Neck.  Headed out ESE past the Hippolytes to our first stop 17 nm from PB 
and 2.5 nm past the shelf at 09.40 at 43o 10.54’S 148o 11.61’E in 300 
fathoms with water temperature at 18.5o C until 10.45.  Continued out and 
made our second stop at 11.40 (at 6 nm past the shelf and 21 nm from PB) 
in 1,000 fathoms (18.3o C) at 43o 08.93’S 148o 12.16’E until 12.30.  Moved 
further north and closer to the shelf to 43o 06.41’S 148o 14.00’E and 
stopped 1 nm outside the shelf (about 14 nm from the PB) at 13.15 in 170 
fathoms (18.9oC).  Started back at 14.00 and returned to Pirates Bay at 

MAMMALS:                Australian Fur-seals at the Hippolytes.

BIRDS:                  A very good day to be on the water with the 
predicted wind not eventuating.  Fine and mostly sunny with a light breeze 
and a gentle swell.  We saw a good range of species but with relatively 
low numbers, except perhaps for the White-chinned Petrels.  Even the 
numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters were low compared with previous trips 
at this time.  Unfortunately, all the birds were relatively common and we 
saw no sign of a rarity.  Maybe next time.

Southern Giant-Petrel                     1
Great-winged Petrel                        2 (2)
Fairy Prion                                       2 (1)
White-chinned Petrel                   50 (12)
Sooty Shearwater                           4 (1)
Short-tailed Shearwater          1,000 (200)
Fluttering Shearwater                     8 (2)
Wandering Albatross                    8 (3) 
Black-browed Albatross              10 (3) - 3 impavida.
Shy Albatross                             100 (15)
Yellow-nosed Albatross              10 (2)
Buller's Albatross                         15 (3)
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel              5 (2)
White-faced Storm-Petrel              3 (2)
Australasian Gannet                  500 - mostly on the Hippolytes.
Black-faced Cormorant              800 - mostly on the Hippolytes.
Peregrine Falcon                             1 - on the Hippolytes.
Pied Oystercatcher                         2 - in Pirates Bay.
Sooty Oystercatcher                      1 - near Pirates Bay.
Pacific Gull                                       1 - inshore.
Masked Lapwing                          10 - in Pirates Bay.
Kelp Gull                                         60 - inshore near 
Pirates Bay.
Silver Gull                                       50 - inshore near 
Pirates Bay
Crested Tern                                  12
Tree Martin                                      2 - at the Hippolytes.

Note:  Figures in parentheses are the most birds seen at one time.

2007 Trips remaining: 30 September (fully booked) and 25 November (some 


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