Cape Naturaliste (WA) seawatch 23/09

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Subject: Cape Naturaliste (WA) seawatch 23/09
From: John Graff <>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:43:01 +0800
A week of decent NW & W'ly winds, including 40-60knt winds from about 11pm-3am 
last night, saw Nigel Jackett and I head down to Cape Naturaliste (near 
Dunsborough, SW WA for B-Aussers) for a seawatch. We equalled the record for 
tubenose species seen on recent Cape Nat seawatches (12 sp) but unfortunately 
didn't manage anything too exciting. Good amount of action though, a Wandering 
Albatross, a White-faced Storm-Petrel, and a high Shy Albatross count (for SW 
WA at least)

Wandering Albatross [sp.] (1 - closest to Plumage D in Onley and Scofield but a 
bit darker, with less defined cap and mostly dark rump. Most likely Gibson's or 
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (42)
Black-browed Albatross (7 - 3 adult)
Shy Albatross (43, all ages)
Southern Giant-Petrel (1)
Northern Giant-Petrel (3)
Giant-Petrel sp. (5)
Great-winged Petrel (2+ - likely more, very difficult to easily pick amongst 
the shearwaters)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (2)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (~1,200)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (200+, quite possibly more)
Hutton's Shearwater (~1,000)
White-faced Storm-Petrel (1)
Brown Skua (1)
Bridled Tern (3)



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