• 26th September 1999, Wollongong, NSW Pelagic Trip Report


    Departed at 7.15 am and returned at approx. 4.30 pm.
    Sea Conditions: Calm
    Weather: Warm, overcast and some rain.
    Wind: Winds: ESE very light
    Water temperature: Unavailable


    A pleasant but rather slow day. Some of the winter specialities having already moved south. Particularly noticeable was the lack of Yellow-nosed Albatross, Fairy Prion and White-fronted Tern. Highlights for most during the day included a Black Noddy (first record for Wollongong) and of course the ever popular Wandering Albatross - including the races (or species if following the proposed new taxonomy) exulans, gibsoni and antipodensis a few of which were captured and banded by the SOSSA team on board prior to release.

    And this is where the real excitement came in, as one of the small antipodean type birds had a distinct dark cutting edge to the bill and a greenish ungues. At the time Amsterdam Albatross was mentioned but knowing how rare these birds are globally (possible as few as 70 individuals) we were all in some doubt or at least a state of disbelief. After comparing measurements and photographs upon returning though it was clear that we had indeed captured what may become Australia's first confirmed AMSTERDAM ISLAND ALBATROSS Diomedea amsterdamensis. So once again this trip will go down in the history books as one the all time greats.

    Those on board:
    Paul & Ann Foxworthy, Tania Ireton, Ossie Tee, David Mitford, Andrew Stafford, Colleen Sutherland, Pete Milburn, Tony Palliser, Lindsay Smith and the team from Emu Tours.

    (Note: numbers in brackets = highest count at any one time)

    086 Wandering Albatross 21
    -----086 exulans 1-2
    -----847 gibsoni 10+ (7)
    -----846 antipodensis 3-4 (2)
    091 Shy Albatross 4
    -----091 cauta 3 (3)
    088 Black-browed Albatross 8
    -----088 melanophrys 2 (2)
    -----859 impavida 2
    073 Great-winged Petrel 4
    971 Providence Petrel 20+ (5)
    929 Southern Giant Petrel 1-2
    984 Cape Petrel 30+ (15)
    065 White-faced Storm Petrel 1
    068 Fluttering Shearwater 10+
    913 Hutton's Shearwater 25+
    069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater 250+ (100+)
    070 Sooty Shearwater 3
    071 Short-tailed Shearwater 4
    104 Australasian Gannet 5-10
    125 Silver Gull 400+
    981 Kelp Gull 4 (2)
    953 Common Tern 4 (4)
    115 Crested Tern 30+ (15+)
    124 BLACK NODDY 1
    097 Little Black Cormorant 1
    106 Australasian Pelican 8 (8)


    Common Dolphin 30+
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