Fwd: [seabirdsaus] Whangaroa Pelagics, Far North New Zealand

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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
Stephenson Island.

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
few photos.

*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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