Eaglehawk Neck pelagics - 21st & 22nd Sept 2013

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Subject: Eaglehawk Neck pelagics - 21st & 22nd Sept 2013
From: Daniel Mantle <>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 02:03:06 +0100
Hi All,

As Paul Dodd has already mentioned a group of us decided to try our luck off 
Eaglehawk Neck on the weekend just gone. This was in response to the very 
successful trips organised by Rohan Clarke the previous weekend. However our 
trips were very quiet by Tasmanian standards (indeed also a lot quieter than 
the trips that quite a few us had been on three weeks earlier - also off 
Eaglehawk Neck).

It will be interesting to see if anything can be worked out from the weather 
and sea conditions leading up to the successful earlier trips. The water 
temperatures were nearly identical between both weekends and a quick look at 
the preceding weeks weather for Rohan's trips does not seen to immediately 
suggest such a remarkable number and diversity of cold water specialists. But 
clearly I am missing something. The only thing the skipper had to add was that 
there were very strong current lines that weekend.

Although our weekend was a lot quieter at sea, it was as always great to be 
offshore from Tas with a fun bunch of seabirders.

I have posted the full reports to the SOSSA website. I think the following link 
should work (Nikolas Haass's trip report for the start of the month is also to 
be found there).

A quick summary of the highlights for the weekend were: 4 Southern Royal 
Albatross, four Wandering Albatross (2 exulans, 1 gibsoni, 1 antipodensis), one 
Salvin's Albatross, one White-headed Petrel, one White-chinned Petrel, 80+ 
Common Diving-Petrel, 9 Northern Giant-Petrel, 1 Southern Giant-Petrel, and 
singles of both Grey-backed and White-faced Storm-Petrel.

Cheers Dan

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