Gracetown (SW WA) seawatch

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Subject: Gracetown (SW WA) seawatch
From: John Graff <>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2012 18:14:48 +0800

G'day everyone, Just a brief report from a seawatching trip down south today, 
with a strong front due to cross the SW of WA. I had originally planned on 
another Cape Naturaliste watch, but the forecast was thunderstorms so I wimped 
out and decided this was a good chance to try Gracetown, which Frank O'Connor 
has said he thinks is the best seawatching site in the SW - however I haven't 
seen any records from there, so was interested to see what turned up. I ended 
up with a reasonable variety, but still think the Cape itself is likely to be 
better most of the time. The advantage of Gracetown is you can watch 
comfortably from in the car or right next to it (useful if lighting is forecast 
for example :D). The highlights were another white morph Southern Giant-Petrel, 
and more evidence of Hutton's Shearwater passage in the capes area in early-mid 
Final count:
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (55+)
Shy Albatross (6)
Southern Giant-Petrel (1 WHITE MORPH)
Great-winged Petrel (1)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (5+)
Hutton's Shearwater (1,500+)
Brown Skua (2)
Australasian Gannet (80+)
Crested Tern (100+) Cheers,John                                           

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