Report prepared by: Lindsay E. Smith

    Departed: 07:10 returned at 15:50.
    Sea conditions: 1.5 – 2.0m easing to 3.0m later in the day
    Swell: Easterly 1.5m- 2metres inshore beyond the lee of the islands.
    Weather: Cloudy mostly dry.
    Temperature range: 17 to 25°C.
    Barometric pressure: 1020 HPa. Rising
    Wind: N.E 15- 20 knots increasing to 30 knots in the afternoon.
    Sea surface temperature: 18°-19.2 C
    Primary chumming location: None, several short stops beyond the continental shelf an in 75 fathoms in areas of peak activity

    Good numbers of Grey-faced Petrels and an unusual pale-bellied individual Providence Petrel P. solandri created great interest. Two, rarely seen, pale-headed juvenile Arctic Jaegers made for interesting discussion on identification and separation of Long-tailed and Arctic Jaegers. Also, unusually high numbers of Sooty Shearwaters were migrating south with the Short-tailed Shearwaters.

    Conditions for the day were comfortable with low to moderate seas and NE winds.
    In general, an interesting day at sea with a good mix of birds including an unusual number of albatrosses for this time of the year. It was also pleasing to see Grey-faced Petrels in reasonable numbers. The banding team were able to capture and Band / ring nine of these on the day. Flesh-footed and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters were also banded.

    Birds recorded according to the latest Environment Australia Reporting Schedule:

    Species code: Species name: Numbers:
    005. Little Penguin Eudyptula minor
    075 Grey-faced Petrel Pterodroma m. gouldi 40+
    971 Solander’s Petrel Pterodroma solandri 1 (an unusual pale bellied bird)
    068 Fluttering Shearwater Puffinus. gavia 6
    069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater Puffinus.pacificus 150+
    070 Sooty Shearwater puffinus Griseus 30+
    071 Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris 100’s
    072 Flesh-footed Shearwater Puffinus carneipes few
    913 Hutton's Shearwater Puffinus. huttoni 10+
    847 Gibson’s Albatross Diomedea.gibsoni (1)
    086 Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans (1)
    088 Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris 3
    091 Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta. 2
    104 Australasian Gannet Morus serrator 6
    106 Australian Pelican Pelicanus conspicillatus 6
    981 Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus 3
    125 Silver Gull Larus. novaehollandiae 40+
    115 Crested Tern Sterna bergii
    933 Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius logicaudis
    128 Arctic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus 4+
    945 Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus 20+

    21 species sighted outside the harbour

    In the harbour:
    097. Little-black cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris 2
    096 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
    100 Little Pied Cormorant, P. melanoleucos
    106 Australian Pelican Pelicanus conspicillatus

    Other birds:
    131 Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus

    Common Dolphin
    Australian Fur Seal

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