Thanks to the slow moving ex-cyclone Oswald (which has still to reach
the Brisbane area) I had an exciting seawatch off Pt Lookout yesterday
(Saturday). The weather was, predictably and obviously, wild, wild, wild
- east north easterlies 30-35 knots, I'd estimate, gusting at times to
45 knots. Easing a little after midday. Rain storms off the coast pushed
the birds quite close at times enabling relatively easy identification.
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters were the dominant bird - 800 -1200 per hour
based on general estimates and several 15 minute counts.
Fluttering Shearwater 8 - undoubtedly missed many more.
Hutton's Shearwater 1
Sooty Shearwater 1
Short-tailed Shearwater 1 - undoubedly missed others, but would suggest
they were in very small numbers anyway.
Buller's Shearwater 4
Streaked Shearwater 1
Black-winged Petrel 2
White-necked Petrel 6 - could easily have missed more of both sp -
these were all well within scope range and readily identifable.
Sooty Tern 27 - again undoubedly missed others, most usually seen as an
adult and juvenile pair.
Pomarine Skua 2
Arctic Skua 1
So many birds, so little time......
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