Seawatch from 8.00 - 13.30 yesterday (30.12.12) proved quite fruitful.
South-easterly winds 25 - 30 knots, increasing , choppy, white-capped,
irregular seas, 40% cloud cover causing continuously changing light and
Wedge-tailed and Short-tailed Shearwaters in good numbers (~100/hr
each), some passing very close, until 10.00 when the passage dropped off
to a mere trickle. 2, possibly 3, Sooty Shearwaters and a single
Flesh-footed, 2 Pomarine and 1 Arctic Skua and a distant large, very
pale, white wing-flashed Skua which could only have been a South Polar.
6 large Manta Rays feeding on the surface just off the rocks provided
several hours of entertainment for the visiting hordes and a school of
approx 40 Bottle-nosed Dolphins was the biggest single group we have
seen off Pt Lookout.
Colin Reid (& Stu W)
So many birds, so little time......
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