BOCA Pelagic trips out of Eaglehawk Neck Tasmania in 2011

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Subject: BOCA Pelagic trips out of Eaglehawk Neck Tasmania in 2011
From: Rohan Clarke <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 19:41:07 +1100
  Hi All,

In 2011 I'm organizing a number of pelagic trips out of Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania. These are Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA) events. While we don't insist on it, it therefore helps if you are a member of BOCA (, given the close association between these boat trips and BOCA.

I have scheduled three trips in 2011 on:

20 February
18 September
27 November

I am currently taking bookings for these trips if anyone wishes to register an interest. As the boat often fills quite rapidly there is a waiting list established when a trip is fully booked because, for various reasons, we have people who have to pull out.

The cost of the boat trip is in the order of $120, depending on the number of people on the boat - it is dearer if we don't fill the boat as the hire cost is divided between the sea-birders. Because participants come from a variety of locations and many interstate visitors make a weekend or more of it, participants organize their own accommodation and transport to Eaglehawk Neck (about an hour from Hobart).

The east coast of Tasmania is unusual because boat trips get out in weather conditions that would be considered extreme in many other places such as Port Fairy/Portland, Vic (where I have a bit of experience). The land mass of Tasmania itself provides lots of protection for the east coast waters and the boat gets out most times - quite safely.

If you want to know what birds we see off Eaglehawk Neck, trip reports have been consistently posted to Birding-Aus. You can search in the archives at

So, if you are interested in a pelagic off of Tasmania please let me know.
Note that I will be away from email from the 15th to the 24th October so I will finalize the list and respond to all booking requests when I return.


Rohan Clarke

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