Eaglehawk Neck pelagics - 21st & 22nd Sept 2013

To: Daniel Mantle <>
Subject: Eaglehawk Neck pelagics - 21st & 22nd Sept 2013
From: "Jeremy O'Wheel" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:59:13 +1000
In the days just preceding the highly successful pelagic we had 3 days of
significantly below average temperatures in Hobart, including snow
allegedly falling (but not settling) in the city centre, and certainly
settling on Mount Wellington.  The monthly lowest low and lowest high were
both set that week and from Wednesday until Friday temperatures were 3.5 to
5 degrees below average, this is despite this winter being the warmest on
record, and September being above average overall.  In contrast, the last
week has mainly be well above average, including 5 degrees above average on
Saturday and 7 degrees above average yesterday.

I don't recall seeing any weather maps around the dates, so I don't know
whether these were local conditions or more widespread, but I would guess
that it's possible that the abnormally cold weather just before that
amazing pelagic played a part.


On 25 September 2013 11:03, Daniel Mantle <> wrote:

> 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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