• Saturday March 24th 2012 SOSSA PELAGIC TRIP, WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

    Saturday March 24th 2012 SOSSA PELAGIC TRIP, WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA.
    Report List prepared by: Graham Barwell.

    Here's a list of what we saw on 24 March. As ever, I use the 2008 Christidis & Boles taxonomy but give subspecies names where species have been split by others. The numbers are conservative. "5+" (and similar) means "minimum 5 at any one time but likely a higher number over the day."

    We went out to 34 38' 25" S; 151 09' 26" E, 33.5 km SE of the harbour in shelf edge waters, where we stopped 11:00-11:50 hrs, then turned back in stopping again at 34 34' 08" S; 151 05' 25" E, 23.5 km SE of the harbour at 12:50 hrs, where we caught a Buller's Alb., then finally at 34 32' 18" S; 151 03' 51" E, 19.4 km SE of the harbour, 13:14-13:56 hrs, where we caught Flesh-footed Shearwaters, 1 x female Yellow-nosed Albatross with an unusual wing moult ( failed breeder?), and 1 x 3 yo immature impavida.

    Wilson's Storm-Petrel 1
    Black-browed Albatross 4+ (1 x adult melanophris, 1x 3 yo impavida + indeterminate juveniles)
    Shy Albatross 4+ (all cauta, adults + 1 x juv.)
    Yellow-nosed Albatross 6+ (all Indian Ocean carteri)
    Buller's Albatross 2
    Wedge-tailed Shearwater
    Flesh-footed Shearwater
    Short-tailed Shearwater
    Fluttering Shearwater
    Hutton's Shearwater 1+
    Great-winged Petrel gouldi 1+
    Australasian Gannet 3+
    Pomarine Jaeger 6+
    Arctic Jaeger 1+
    Crested Tern
    Kelp Gull 2
    Silver Gull

    Someone called Risso's Dolphin but I didn't see them. We also saw 1 butterfly about 20 kms offshore, possibly a male Common Eggfly.


    Cheers
    Graham
    http://www.sossa-international.org

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