Report prepared by: Lindsay E. Smith.

    Departed: 07:15 returned at 16:15hrs.
    Sea conditions: below 1-.0 m becoming choppy later in the day
    Swell: 0.5m
    Weather: Scattered cloud during the morning. Clearing and wind rising to 5-15 knts later in the day.
    Temperature range: 7 to 20°C.
    Wind: North west 5-10knts
    Sea surface temperature: 18°-20°.

    Primary chumming location: None


    Under the influence of a high pressure moving out into the Tasman Sea conditiond were ideal for boating. Unfortunately this lead to a lower species diversity than our previous trip on July 24th.

    A few Crested Terns and Australasian Gannets were patrolling the inshore waters as were small numbers of albatrosses, including, Black-browed, and Shy types. We had brief views of a couple of White-fronted Terns as we approached the Wollongong Trap Reef and we came upon a large pod of 50+ Common Dolphins.

    At the 80-fathom line we encountered the first Gadfly petrel of the day it was a Solander’s Petrel which flew across our stern. At this point the first prion appeared, a Fairy Prion. Very few petrels were observed on the day

    As we cruised over the edge of the continental shelf at the 100-fathom line, we stopped to catch an Indian Yellow-nosed albatross and it was here that we were joined by a Wandering Albatross one of only two seen all day.

    The banding team were successful in capturing and tagging a number of Yellow-nosed albatrosses and two Brown Skuas. Two previously banded birds were also recaptured.


    Good numbers of albatrosses including Shy, Yellow-nosed, Black browed and a couple of Wanderer’s, also Solanders Petrel’s.

    A comfortable day on the ocean. What a difference a week can make!

    Many thanks to all who shared the day.

    Thank you for having supported our research.
    Cheers Lindsay

    Birds recorded according to the Environment Australia Reporting Schedule:

    Species code: Species name: Numbers:
    (Note: numbers in parenthesis = highest count at any one time)
    971 Solander’s Petrel Pterodroma solandri 3 (1)
    083 Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur 1 (1)
    068 Fluttering Shearwater P. gavia 20 (4)
    086.Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans 2 (1)
    088 Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris 40+ (15)
    091 Shy Albatross T. cauta . 2 (1)
    089 Indian yellow-nosed Albatross T.carteri 15+
    8698 Brown Skua Catharacta lonnbergi 4+
    104 Australasian Gannet Morus serrator 40 (8)
    106 Australian Pelican Pelicanus conspicillatus 5 (5)
    125 Silver Gull L. novaehollandiae 200+ (200+)
    115 Crested Tern Sterna bergii 30+ (9)
    114 White-fronted Tern sterna striata 4 (2)

    13 species sighted outside the harbour

    In the harbour:
    096 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 1
    100 Little Pied Cormorant, P. melanoleucos 1
    106 Australian Pelican Pelicanus conspicillatus 1

    Other birds:
    Welcome Swallow Hirundo

    Common Dolphin 70+ (2-3 pods)
    Hump-backed whale 2
    Australian Fur Seal 2+

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