Great Shearwater off Swansea (NSW)

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Subject: Great Shearwater off Swansea (NSW)
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:53:03 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,

A very quick note as I'm off to Canberra in an hour. We decided that Port 
Stephens may have been a little too north for this bird, and with the good 
weather we (me, Steve and Allan Richardson) took Steve's 16 foot tinny out to a 
FAD (Fish Attracting Device) about 11 miles of Swansea, NSW. After seeing a 
number of Fleshy-foots and a few Wilson's Stormies we were lucky enough to have 
a Great Shearwater come up the wake of the boat and settle on the water next to 
us, before we'd even cut the engine for a drift. The hunch paid off!

The bird seemed reasonably interested in the berley but was getting a hard time 
from the Fleshies. The final straw was when a Fleshy attacked it whilst on the 
water. He flew off and could not be found again. 

We were surprised by the number of Wilson's Storm-Petrels - we must have had 
close to a hundred through the day (0730-1130), with about 80 being the maximum 
count down our slick at one time. Also present were about 80 Fleshy-foots / 
Wedgies, a Black-browed and a Campbell Albatross, a couple of Yellow-noses and 
handful of Pomarine Jaegers. 

Who needs to go to the shelf!?



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