Hi all. I don't think anyone has posted anything about this trip apart
from John Weigel. If so please forgive the repetition.
My wife and I had the pleasure of travelling across the Great Australian
bight on the Spirit of Enderby from 2 December to 9 December. Best birds
of the trip were the approximately 15 Sooty Albatrosses seen in mostly
South Australian waters, as well as numerous White-headed petrels,
Gould's Petrels, White-chinned Petrels, Soft-plumaged Petrels and
White-faced Storm Petrels. Two Southern Royal Albatrosses were also a
highlight. As we approached Tasmania, the Short-tailed Shearwaters and
Shy Albatrosses kicked in with massive numbers of STSWs in particular.
Somewhat surprising were the Bridled Terns in WA waters.
We also saw some good cetaceans- Blue Whales, Orcas, Sperm Whales,
Long-finned Pilot Whales, Common Dolphins, Striped Dolphins, Common
Bottlenose Dolphins, Southern Right Whale Dolphins as well as some
unidentified beaked whales, possibly Southern Bottlenose Whales, some
other unidentified dolphins and some New Zealand Fur Seals south of
It was good to meet the birding identities, many for the first time and
enjoy their company as well as some non birders who nevertheless enjoyed
At the completion of this trip my wife and I spent a week on Flinders
Island, the subject of the next email.
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