NSW, Sydney pelagic on Hal Epstein’s Halicat, 8th December 2012

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Subject: NSW, Sydney pelagic on Hal Epstein’s Halicat, 8th December 2012
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 00:32:38 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,

Here a summary of yesterday's Sydney pelagic on Hal Epstein’s Halicat, 8th 
December 2012:
Pictures will be posted here:
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel: 5 (never more than two at a time)
Wandering-type Albatross: 4+ (most likely all Gibson’s, one
possibly Antipodean)
Black-browed Albatross: 1 (1st/2nd year)
Campbell Albatross: 3 (all 1st/2nd year)
Shy Albatross: 2 (adult)
White-chinned Petrel: 1
Wedge-tailed Shearwater: x
Flesh-footed Shearwater: 2 (never
more than one at a time – very low number)
Sooty Shearwater: 2 (on the way out; didn’t get
good looks – bulky appearance, heavy wing-load and contrasting silver flashes
[the three parallel bars on the inner underwing coverts were not seen due to
observation angle])
Short-tailed Shearwater: x (still southbound
Hutton’s Shearwater: 1
Grey-faced Petrel (Great-winged Petrel P. m. gouldi): x
Providence Petrel: 1 (pristine plumage, late)
Little Penguin: 1 (seen by only one observer)
Australasian Gannet: 3 (2 adult, one 2nd year bird)
Little Black Cormorant: 2
Pomarine Jaeger: 6
Arctic Jaeger: 2
Long-tailed Jaeger: 1
Sooty Tern: 1
Sterna spec.: 1 (very white
secondaries, sharply defined narrow black trailing edge to primaries ruled out
Common; looked a bit to bulky for Arctic; maybe a late White-fronted?)
Crested Tern: x
Silver Gull: only a few in the harbour
Short-beaked Common Dolphin: 12
Pygmy Killer Whale: 30
Flying Fish spec.: 5
Sunfish: 3 (most likely all Mola ramsayi)


Nikolas for all on the Halicat
Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

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