Southport Seamount pelagic

To: jenny spry <>
Subject: Southport Seamount pelagic
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:53:50 +1000
Nice work Jen,

When's the next one?


On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM, jenny spry <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Well, last weekend I was fortunate enough to be given a place on the
> pelagic trip that went out to the Queensland and Britannia seamounts, 100
> nautical miles due east from Southport QLD. I rang as soon as I heard about
> a vacancy on the trip because of the chance of going on an overnight
> pelagic trip - an extended pelagic is excellent medicine for anyone who has
> Pelagidipphobia as I do (smile).
> It was also a chance for me to see a new bird, White-bellied Storm-petrel.
> So, on Friday morning I hopped onto a Red-tailed QANTAS-bird (I plan to
> keep using capitals for bird names) and flew north. I also secretly hoped
> to see a New Zealand Storm-petrel but I felt that was a long shot and not
> to be banked on.
> The TexasT, our "luxury motor yacht" for the trip turned out to be LUXURY
> all the way, especially for birders. She is 25 metres long and fitted with
> stabilisers so even in the 25 knot south-east winds we could leave our cups
> of tea and beer cans on the table as we reached for our binoculars and they
> just sat there. The boat barely rolled and nothing fell over, including the
> birders on board. True luxury; enough wind to lift the birds and no
> discomfort to the watchers. It was a tough trip, true "extreme birding"
> (smile).
> Well, as most people on B-A know now we did see New Zealand Storm-petrel,
> in fact we saw about 10 of them. It was certainly way beyond my wildest
> dreams and I still smile every time I think about it. We also saw a
> White-bellied Storm-petrel so I was particularly pleased with the trip as I
> saw two new pelagic seabirds.
> In all I saw 21 of the 22 species seen, I always seem to be looking the
> wrong way at some point of a trip, and got very good views of the all the
> birds in the sunny conditions.
> My special thanks to Paul Walbridge for organising this trip and I hope
> those going out on the regular Southport trip this weekend see the NZ
> stormies too.
> Cheers
> --
> Jenny
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