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From: [seabirdsaus] <>
Date: 29 November 2014 at 10:08
Subject: [seabirdsaus] Whangaroa Pelagics, Far North New Zealand
The group may be interested in pelagics in New Zealand - here is a report
of our last trip in September:
*Wednesday 3rd September *
Day trip with John & Maggie Turner, Les Feasey, Nigel Milius, Wendy Hare &
Alan Cordery. Left harbour at 8 am & headed NNE to usual chumming area.
Cold at first with a little cloud cover, became warmer & sunny; NW breeze.
Bottlenose Dolphin - a pod seen in the harbour, came towards us & moved out
of the harbour mouth alongside us, great views, probably c.20.
Red-billed Gull - few in the harbour, rafts of c.80 and c.150 beyond
Black-backed Gull - c.30, some in harbour, few further out at sea than
Pied Shag - one at harbour mouth.
White-fronted Tern - at least one in harbour, flocks of 6 and 10+ well out
at sea in early afternoon.
Fluttering Shearwater - 7 and c.20 respectively with the Red-billed Gull
rafts; about another 25 in course of day.
Fairy Prion - many seen throughout day, from just beyond Stephenson Island
to early afternoon, up to 10 at once during chumming, probably 100+ during
Common Diving Petrel - frequent during day, probably c.50.
White-faced Storm Petrel - Fairly common during day, c.100 estimated.
*Northern Giant Petrel* - adult early on which flew by once, bill had faint
reddish spot, plumage mid-brown with paler face.
*CAPE PETREL* - one of Snares Island race flew by close.
Little Penguin - one well past Stephenson Island, one further out & one
before harbour mouth on way back.
White-capped Albatross - at least 4 seen, another 3 distant albatrosses
were probably this species also.
*NORTHERN ROYAL ALBATROSS* - an adult came past twice, quite close but not
in view for long. New for these pelagics.
Wandering (Gibson's) Albatross - 2 seen, one of which sat on the water for
a long time feeding on our chum. 2nd bird was an imm with white patches in
centre of inner wings.
*Little Shearwater* - more seen today than on previous trips, probably
c.20. Always spooked by boat while still some distance away but managed a
*Grey-faced Petrel* - 3, all brief.
*Northern Giant Petrel* - one in afternoon, perhaps the same bird as
*BRYDE'S WHALE* - blow seen at long range after moving from first chum
spot, approached nearer & seen at surface a couple of times.
Returned to harbour c.4.15 pm.
Forthcoming pelagic dates : 11th December - 5 places left; 5th January 2015
- full with a wait list.
Email for details.
Detlef Davies, Kerikeri, New Zealand
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