Southport Sea Mount trip 13-16th April 2012

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Subject: Southport Sea Mount trip 13-16th April 2012
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:26:04 +1000
Southport Sea Mounts Trip 13-16th April 2012
Hi All, here is a very brief, preliminary report of the inaugural
Southport, SEQ seamount trip from last weekend., a slightly more
detailed report will follow for this forum and more for the SOSSA site
and indeed more later. Basically we headed out on Friday evening to the
Queensland Seamount 91 nautical miles NE, arriving there early on
Saturday morning, and spending the rest of the day there. Saturday night
was spent heading 74 nautical miles south to the much larger Britannica
Sea Mount where we spent all day Sunday before heading for home.
Some of the species observed, frankly did not  surprise me, in fact the
occurrence of New Zealand Storm Petrel was one of these, just the
numbers present (of course these are considered probable sightings and
subject to BARC approval). What surprised me most of all were the
numbers of the more common species we would not expect to see in the
southern Coral Sea at this time of year, or for that matter any time of
year eg. Great-winged (Grey-faced ) Petrel. The White-bellied
Storm-Petrel will also be considered for BARC after more scrutiny.
Listed below are the species, with totals for the two days and only of
the species sighted out on the Sea Mounts.
Red-tailed Tropicbird * 1
White-tailed Tropicbird * 1 
Wilson*s Storm-Petrel * 63 
New Zealand Storm- Petrel * c.10 
White-faced Storm-Petrel * 5 
Black-bellied Storm-Petrel * 1 
White-bellied Storm-Petrel * 1 
Wandering Albatross (all considered gibsoni) * 4 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater * 11 
Flesh-footed Shearwater * 231 
Short-tailed Shearwater * 8 
Tahiti Petrel * 3 
Kermadec Petrel * 29 
Great-winged Petrel * 247 
Providence Petrel * 67 
Gould*s Petrel * 54 
White-necked Petrel * 11 
Pomarine Jaeger * 3  
Arctic Jaeger * 1
White Tern * 4 
Sooty Tern * 3 
Common Noddy * 1 
Cheers * Paul W.
There is a regular Southport this Saturday the 21st with a couple of
spaces still available. Contact Paul Walbridge on (PH) (H) 07 3256 4124
(W) 3139 4584.  e-mail: 

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