Pelagic survey off Port Stephens 17-06-2010

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Subject: Pelagic survey off Port Stephens 17-06-2010
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 04:44:28 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

Last Thursday (17th) Alan Stuart and I joined the local Marine Parks Authority 
for another seabird survey off Port Stephens, NSW. 

It was an interesting day, with a fairly low diversity of species seen on the 
shelf. For 90% of our time there we were watching 3 species, with brief visits 
by others. Only 2 species of Albatross seen, despite the good variety enjoyed 
off Sydney just 5 days earlier and the reasonable numbers of Fairy Prions. The 
highlight was a single WHITE-HEADED PETREL that graced us briefly before 
continuing north.

Birds observed - Total (max. number around boat at one time):

Wilson's Storm-Petrel  - 6 (4)
White-faced Storm-Petrel - 2 (2)
Black-browed Albatross (all but 1 melanophrys) - 4 (1)
Yellow-nosed Albatross - 50 (8)
Hutton's Shearwater - 1 
Fairy Prion - 80 (15)
Solander's Petrel - 20 (5)
Australasian Gannet 130 (70)
Crested Tern 10 (8)
Silver Gull 30 (20)


Mick Roderick

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