Great Shearwater seen off Sydney

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Subject: Great Shearwater seen off Sydney
From: "Roger McGovern" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2011 16:26:13 +1000
This is just a brief note to record that  a Great Shearwater was seen from
the Halicat during today's Sydney pelagic trip. The bird appeared at 12.45pm
about 28NM ESE of Sydney Heads (S33deg 59.978'  E151deg 44.904') and settled
close the boat feeding on our berley at distances down to about 2 metres -
it remained close to the boat for more than 30 minutes.
Other notable sightings were a South Polar Skua, White-tailed Tropicbird and
a possible Soft-plumaged Petrel (awaiting examination of photographs).
Frustrating distant views of what were thought to be White-headed Petrel and
Buller's Shearwater all added to a remarkable day on the water.
A trip report will be posted in a couple of days.
Roger McGovern


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