SOSSA Wollongong Pelagic 6/9/14

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Subject: SOSSA Wollongong Pelagic 6/9/14
From: Joshua Bergmark <>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:28:17 +1000
Evening all,

A TAFE course had booked the Sandra K for a seabirding field trip today,
but a few spaces were left over to fit in a couple of birders. The
attrition rate of the students was exceptionally high - over 80%, so most
probably didn't appreciate the exceptional sightings as much as we did. I
don't have Lindsay's notes, but since none of the regulars were on board,
we thought we'd put up a quick report, because we got some VERY nice birds.
A fair few Diomedea were banded out at the shelf.

The approximate and probably conservative species counts from memory
were as follows (maximum at one time in parenthesis):

Exulans Wandering Albatross: 4 (2)

Gibson's Wandering Albatross: 15 (7), including Antipodean - 2 (1)

Shy Albatross: 30 (8) - both cauta and steadi

Black-browed Albatross: 60 (20) - nominate only

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross: 2 (1)

Buller's Albatross: 3 (1)


Northern Giant Petrel: 10 (6)

Southern Giant Petrel: 2 (1)


Solander's Petrel: 15 (4)

Great-winged Petrel: 1 (1)


Fairy Prion: 40 (30)

White-faced Storm Petrel: 1 (1)

Wedge-tailed Shearwater: 70 (10)

Fluttering-type Shearwater: 15 (3)

White-fronted Tern: 6 (2)

Crested Tern: 20 (5)

Australasian Gannet: 25 (4)

Silver Gull 150+
Kelp Gull 5 (2)
Sooty Oystercatcher (3)
Australasian Darter (2)
Pied Cormorant (1)
Australian Pelican (6)

Common Dolphin - 50
Offshore Bottlenose Dolphin - 1
Unidentified x2 (Minkie?)
Unidentified x1 (Rorqual?)

Also 2x seal spp.

Joshua Bergmark and Ashwin Rudder
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