RFI - Bass Strait Crossing / Pelagics

To: "'Brian and Meg'" <>, <>
Subject: RFI - Bass Strait Crossing / Pelagics
From: "Paul G Dodd" <>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 18:06:27 +1000
Hi Brian and Meg,

Bass Strait is really too shallow for many pelagic seabirds - it is
generally only around 26 or 27 fathoms (about 50m), compared to 100 or so
fathoms at the continental shelf break (and much deeper in the oceans, of
course). That being said, it would always be possible to see "some" seabirds
- particularly those have been seen around the Port Phillip Bay heads, and
the nearby coast. That would include species such as Black-browed Albatross,
Shy Albatross, Giant-petrel spp, some Storm-petrels - especially White-faced
- which breeds in Port Phillip Bay, maybe White-chinned Petrel, Short-tailed
Shearwater and so on. Unfortunately, since the ferry moves quite quickly,
and no-one is putting out berley, the chances of the birds coming close
enough for ID are not great.

Good luck!

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Brian and Meg
Sent: Tuesday, 10 May 2011 2:45 PM
Subject: RFI - Bass Strait Crossing / Pelagics

Hi all. We're hoping to take the car ferry from Melbourne to Devonport in
Tas. sometime in early Jan., 2012 so we can spend a week or two looking for
the Tassie endemics. There are 2 options - a daylight crossing or an
overnight crossing. What are the chances of seeing some pelagic species in
the day trip?? What species would probably be around in January?? Is there
any part of the trip that would be more productive than others??? There will
also be the return trip. Would really appreciate any comments as we need to
decide which crossing to take. Please answer offline.
Brian & Meg Johnson

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