Birdline Tasmania Weekly Update

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Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 01:30:45 +1000
Birdline Tasmania 

Published sightings for the week ending 18 Apr 2010.

Sat 17 Apr      Buller's Albatross, Antarctic Prion, Brown Skua,
SootyShearwater and Wilson's Storm-Petrel St Helens Pelagic 
Highlights from a pelagic departing from St Helens on board the Norseman
III and organised by Ian May were: White-faced Storm-Petrel: (1).
Regular sightings of both Buller's and Yellow-nosed Albatross. One
Wandering Albatross and at least one Antarctic Prion. Sooty Shearwater:
(1). Short-tailed Shearwater: impossible to count but there were
probably many 1000s. Also good numbers of Grey-backed Storm-Petrel:
(30+) and Wilson's Storm-Petrel: (10+) were observed in the afternoon. A
single Brown Skua flew past the boat during our last berley stop. 
Ian May (pelagic organiser), Geoff Jones, Liz Znidersic and James

        Cattle Egret, Sanderling, Double-banded Plover and White-bellied
Sea-Eagle. St Helens - Georges Bay 
Some interesting sightings from Georges Bay - Cattle Egret: uncommon
around St Helens - (15) were observed roosting at low tide on exposed
mud flats a short distance from the Southern Wharf. They were first
noticed at around 06.15 am and were there for at least an hour.
White-bellied Sea-Eagle: (2 adults and 1 juv). Sanderling: the flock
reported last week are still present in the bay. Double-banded Plover:
James Melville, Ian May, Geoff Jones and Liz Znidersic. 

Sat 10 Apr      White-faced, Wilson's and Grey-backed Storm-Petrel,
Buller's Albatross St Helens Pelagic 
Highlights from a pelagic organised by Ian May and departing from St
Helens were White-chinned Petrel: (5). Wandering Albatross: (4). Bullers
and Yellow-nosed Albatross, Providence Petrel: (1). White-faced
Storm-Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel and Grey-backed Storm-Petrel.
Highlights from inside Georges Bay were approx 45 Sanderling and 2
(adult) White-bellied Sea-eagles. 
James Melville, Ian and Patricia May. 


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