Here's the second of two trip reports from the weekend.
BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA PELAGIC TRIP OFF EAGLEHAWK NECK
Saturday 30 January 2016
OBSERVERS: Tim Bawden, Jo Culican, Brian Johnston, Peter Kyne, Chris
Lester, Rosemary Lester, Angus McNab, Jack Moorhead, Bill Moorhead, Paul
Newman, Mark Stanley, Andrew Walter & Rohan Clarke (organiser).
WEATHER: 50% cloud as we departed, clearing to about 30% by midday. No
rain. 10-15 knot easterly through much of the day, moderating slightly
around 11 AM.
SEA: 2 m north-easterly swell inshore increasing to 2-3 m beyond the
shelf. A wind-driven sea of 1-2 m meant the sea was fairly lumpy but we
didn't pitch and roll too much and enjoyed a following sea on the return
ACTIVITY: Sailed at 0715. Headed east to the shelf, forgoing the usual
pass of the Hippolytes given the large sea and the forecast for stronger
winds. Good numbers of shearwaters and a few albatross in inshore and
offshore waters with a couple of brief stops for interesting shearwaters
in these areas. Crossed the shelf break (100 fathoms) at 0915 before
making our first stop at 43º03’05”S 148º16’08”E over 300 fathoms of
water where we berleyed with fish frames etc. As we were drifting west
back onto the shelf we then moved further out to 510 fathoms and did a
long drift and berley session from 1015-1240 finish back in 200 fathoms
of water. Good numbers of birds in 200 fathoms of water but a bit quiet
over 500 fathoms. Headed back in at 1240 to dock at around 1500.
MAMMALS: Australian Fur Seals: a single in Pirates Bay when we returned
in the PM.
Common Dolphin: A pod of about 8 in the AM in inshore waters.
BIRDS: 28 species (IOC) of seabird beyond the breakwater indicated good
diversity. Highlights were a trifecta of uncommon and rare shearwaters
for Tas, a long-staying Long-tailed Jaeger and a brief but satisfying
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel: 2 (1). A couple of flybys at the second berley
White-faced Storm-Petrel: 130 (90). 5 offshore in the PM, remainder
Wandering Albatross: 3 pelagic. 1 adult male, 2 transitional birds.
NZ Wandering Albatross: 1 pelagic.
Black-browed Albatross: 1 immature at the first berley point.
Shy Albatross: all cauta/steadi 70 (30). 7 inshore, 6 offshore,
remainder pelagic. 1 immature pelagic, remainder adult.
Salvin’s Albatross: 1 cracking adult at the second berley point.
Buller’s Albatross: 10 (4). 1 inshore, 3 offshore, remainder pelagic.
Fairy Prion: 10 (2). 3 offshore in AM, 1 inshore in PM, remainder pelagic.
Short-tailed Shearwater: 5000 (500). 1550 inshore, 160 offshore,
Sooty Shearwater: 60 (5), 2 inshore, 50 offshore, 8 pelagic.
BULLER’S SHEARWATER: 1 inshore (about 45 fathoms) in the AM.
SUB-ANTARCTIC LITTLE SHEARWATER: 1 flyby in the AM in inshore waters was
seen well by many on the boat. A second Little Shearwater in the PM in
about the same area as the previous sighting was not seen well enough to
separate elegans from assimilis.
WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER: 2(2). 2 together at the first berley point.
Easily the rarest bird for the two back-to-back pelagics though I am not
sure those from NSW and Qld were that impressed! There are just a
handful of previous Tasmanian records.
Hutton’s Shearwater: 3 inshore in the PM.
Fluttering Shearwater: 30 (5). 8 inshore, remainder offshore in the AM.
Perhaps another 20 ‘Fluttons’ that remained unidentified.
White-chinned Petrel: 20 (8). All pelagic.
Great-winged Petrel: all gouldii 35 (15). All pelagic.
GOULD’S PETREL: 1 pelagic at the second berley point made a single
decent pass of the boat. An early call as it approached meant all
Common Diving Petrel: 1 inshore in the AM, 1 inshore in the PM.
Little Penguin: 1 inshore in the PM
Australasian Gannet: 2 adults inshore in the PM.
Black-faced Cormorant: 4 inshore in the AM, another 5 inshore in the PM.
LONG-TAILED JAEGER: 3 pelagic at the first berly point. All immature. A
first year bird followed us to the second berley point and remained with
us for over an hour (though annoyingly it was mostly positioned so we
were looking into the sun).
Crested Tern: 2 inshore in the AM, another 2 inshore in the PM.
Silver Gull: 1 inshore in AM, another 5 inshore in PM.
Kelp Gull: 1 adult in the AM, 5 adults and 1 juv in the PM.
Pacific Gull: 1 adult inshore in the PM.
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