Western Pacific Odyssey Update - New Zealand - Norfolk Island - New Cal

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Subject: Western Pacific Odyssey Update - New Zealand - Norfolk Island - New Cal FYI (late April 2011)
From: robert morris <>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 00:55:08 +0000

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> As last year, a number of species are “in the wrong place” but have 

> still seen an excellent range of seabirds with some serious surprises. 

> Here is info on first few days: 

> 20 April:  Hauraki Gulf 

> Far more albatrosses than first few trips plus an NZ mega, ie Great 

> Shearwater, which was seen in the Hauraki Gulf.  If you could ask Chris 
> how many previous NZ records there are, we would be interested to 
> please.  Also had some nice looks at NZSP.   
> Gibson’s 
Wandering Albatross 4 
> Campbell Albatross 3 
> White-capped 
Albatross 7 
> Salvin’s Albatross 1 
> Buller’s (presumed Pacific 
based on photos and location) Albatross 3 
> Grey-faced Petrel B 
Cook’s Petrel 4 
> Fairy Prion A 
> Black Petrel low A 
Flesh-footed Shearwater high A 
> Buller’s Shearwater B 
Fluttering Shearwater low A 
> Little Shearwater 6 
> Great 
Shearwater 1   (position 35 37S   175 11E and well photographed) 
Wilson’s Storm-petrel 4 
> NZ Storm-petrel  4 birds seen together but 
believed that at least 10 seen 
> with all out at 200m contour (same area 
as where we always have success). 
> White-faced Storm-petrel 2 
Common Diving-petrel  B (lots more than usual) 
> Grey Ternlet very low A 
(ie 10+) 

> 21 April NZ-> Norfolk Island Day 1 
> Gibson’s 6 
Campbell 8 
> White-capped 1 
> Grey-faced Petrel B 
White-necked Petrel 3 (this species is being seen in lower numbers than 
> Gould’s Petrel  A  (one person counted 44 but likely that many 
of the 
> unidentified distant pterodromas were also this species but 
either way, the 
> count is exceptional this far south with all birds in 
NZ waters). 
> Black-winged Petrel 4 
> Black Petrel 4 
Flesh-footed Shearwater 4 
> Short-tailed Shearwater very low A 
Wilson’s Storm-petrel 2 
> White-faced Storm-petrel very low A 
White-bellied Storm-petrel 3 (very high day count by WPO standards) 
Grey Ternlet 1 

> 22 April NZ-> Norfolk Island Day 2 
> Gibson’s 4 
Grey-faced Petrel low B 
> Kermadec Petrel 3 
> Gould’s Petrel 3 
(surprisingly low number given large number the previous 
> day). 
Black-winged Petrel A (one person’s count was 51) 
> Wedge-tailed 
Shearwater high B 
> Little Shearwater very low A (ie 10+) 
Short-tailed Shearwater B (one count of 280) 
> White-faced Storm-petrel 
very low A 
> Red-tailed Tropicbird 6 
> Masked Booby A 
Grey Ternlet A 
> White Tern low A 

> 23 April  Norfolk Island 
> Saw all the key landbirds and endemics 
despite a horribly wet day.  Alarming 
> decline in parakeets but still 
found this species. 
> We sailed at about 3pm and had spectacular numbers 
of Little Shearwaters 
> plus two Providence Petrels a species we have 
missed completely several 
> times on recent voyages. 
> Grey-faced 
Petrel low A 
> Providence Petrel 2 
> White-necked Petrel 1 

> Gould’s Petrel 1 
> Black-winged Petrel A 
> Wedge-tailed 
Shearwater B 
> Little Shearwater  B (with one count being 187 birds – 
massively more than 
> usual). 
> Red-tailed Tropicbird 7 
Masked Booby A 
> Brown Booby 1 
> Great Frigatebird 2 
Black Noddy high B 
> Brown Noddy low A 
> Grey Ternlet A 
24 April   Norfolk Island -> New Caledonia 
> Tahiti Petrel A (one 
count of 51) 
> Grey-faced Petrel low A 
> Kermadec Petrel 4 

> White-necked Petrel 4 
> Gould’s Petrel low A 
> Collared 
Petrel 8 (with at least six in Australian waters where this species 
> is 
still regarded as mega rarity) 
> Black-winged Petrel 3 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater  low A 
> White-faced SP 3 
> Polynesian SP 
1  (distant and not seen by all) 
> Red-tailed Tropicbird 1 
White-tailed Tropicbird 1 

> 25 April Arrive New Caledonia 
> 'New Cal Storm-Petrel' 
We are pleased to say that we have once again seen the “New Caledonian 
Storm-Petrel” off Noumea although unfortunately there are no better photos 

> than in 2010.  We watched the bird on and off over approximately 30 
mins or 
> so this morning on a chum/oil slick approximately 30nm south 
from Noumea.   
> On this occasion, the bird was seen flying in close 
association with 
> approximately a dozen Wilson’s Storm-petrels and as on 
the two previous 
> instances when we have seen it, it was judged to be 
bigger than the WSPs. 
> Given the views, we have nothing new to add about 
the bird but the four of 
> us who have seen it previously (ie Rodney 
Russ, Steve Howell, Adam Walleyn 
> and myself) consider it to be the same 
taxon as we have seen previously. 
> For more information, see the article 
by SNGH and CPC in Birding World 


John Brodie-Good 
WildWings UK 

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