Short seawatch, Long Reef, Sydney 15 Feb 2009

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Subject: Short seawatch, Long Reef, Sydney 15 Feb 2009
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 09:43:22 +1100
Hi all
after the Sydney pelagic on 14 Feb was cancelled, I popped out briefly this morning to Long Reef (Sydney's Northern beaches) for a quick sea watch (6:45-8am) to get seabird fix in while the conditions appear to be quiet good. The tide was out so I got to the end of the rock platform and found an almost sheltered spot. The birds were often quite close in, so the 'scope was not often necessary. Best birds were:
- 1 Bullers Shearwater - about 100 metres of the platform, so good views.
- 2 Sooty Shearwater
- 1 Fluttering Shearwater in close (lots further out)
- 1 Arctic, 1 possible Long Tailed Jaeger
- plenty of Pomarine Jaegers
- immature Osprey over the rock shelf - I assume a young bird from the Narrabeen Lakes nest? Also, lots of Wedge Tailed and Short Tailed Shearwater and good number of Gannets. Most birds working their way southwards into the wind Also on the rock platform plenty of Red Necked Stint starting to colour up, a couple of Turnstones, 2 Sooty Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover and a few Grey Tailed Tattlers, plus the usual selection of cormorants and terns
Tom Wilson


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