Sydney pelagic, 12 June, 2010, with links to prion and other pictures

To: Hal Epstein <>,
Subject: Sydney pelagic, 12 June, 2010, with links to prion and other pictures
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 05:10:46 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

Here is the latest update to the report:

Sydney pelagic, 12
June, 2010
conditions: Wind SW, swell S; Water temp off shelf 18.4 deg C. Shelf position
about 6NM north of the sea mount
        1. Wilson’s Storm-Petrel: 1 (over the slick at the shelf)
        2. White-faced Storm-Petrel: 1 (over the slick at the shelf; [seen only 
by one observer])
        3. Gibson’s (Wandering) Albatross: 1
        4. Black-browed Albatross: common
        5. Campbell (Black-browed) Albatross: common
        6. Shy/White-capped Albatross: present
        7. Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross: present
        8. Buller’s Albatross: 2+
        9. Northern Giant-Petrel: 2+ 
        10. Cape Petrel (New Zealand ssp. australe): 2
        11. ANTARCTIC PRION: common at the shelf 
        12. SLENDER-BILLED PRION: present at the shelf
        13. Fairy Prion: less common and closer to shore than Antarctic
        14. Short-tailed Shearwater: 2
        15. Fluttering Shearwater: present
        16. Great-winged Petrel (macroptera): 4
        17. Providence Petrel: 2
        18. Australasian Gannet: present
        19. Pied Cormorant: 2 (in the harbour)
        20. Brown Skua: 4
        21. White-fronted Tern: 1 juv.
        22. Crested Tern: present
        23. Silver Gull: common
        1. Humpback Whale: 2
        2. Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphin: 5
Here is the link to some of Raja's pictures of prions of the 12 June Sydney 
pelagic. Based on tail pattern, facial pattern, half-collar and M intensity, we 
tried to identify and to put them into their subfolders accordingly. Bill shape 
was a difficult task. At least we are quite confident that there were no 
typical Broad-billed Prions and no typical Fulmar Prions out there. Some of the 
Antarctic Prions look heavy-billed and therefore may be Salvin's. 
Slender-billed Prion indeed is not an easy bird to identify. Therefore there 
may be some errors in our ID suggestions.The last subfolder "All Prions - 
chronological" contains all selected pictures again - but un-identified and in 
chronological order. You may have a look at this folder first and try to get to 
your own unbiased conclusion. Comments welcome!

Further, there are some more pics of Black-browed, Campbell, Shy/White-capped 
and Buller's Albatrosses, Northern Giant, Cape, Great-winged and Providence 
Petrels and White-fronted Tern. There is an interesting young Shy-type 
Albatross in the series. Its small size, slender bill and "innocent" face made 
us first think of young Buller's.



Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

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