• Friday 20th July 2012 SOSSA PELAGIC TRIP, WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA

    Friday 20th July 2012 SOSSA PELAGIC TRIP, WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA.
    Report prepared by: Lindsay E. Smith.

    Half Day Trip with Illawarra Bird Observers Club

    Departed: 0730 hrs
    Returned: 1130 hrs

    Sea conditions: 1 metre. Swell 2 metres, from the east tending southerly.

    Weather: Fine with scattered cloud

    Temperature range: 6.0 - 15 0 C.

    Barometric pressure: 1024 Hp.

    Wind: SW tending to Southerly 10-12 Knots

    Sea surface temperature: 16

    Current from the North at 1.5 knots

    Summary:

    Conditions at sea were comfortable with good numbers of winter birds about.

    Highlights. Grey-headed Albatross and large numbers of Fairy Prions

    Thank you to all who supported the trip and helped out.

    Cheers Lindsay

    Bird List for the day

    Species code: Species name
    937 Northern Giant-Petrel Macronectes halli
    083 Fairy Prion, Pachyptila turtur
    068 Fluttering Shearwater Puffinus gavia
    088 Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophrys
    859 Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida
    091 Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta
    864 Indian yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche bassi
    090 Grey-headed Albatross Thalassarche chrysostoma
    104 Australasian Gannet Morus serrator
    097 Little black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
    096 Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
    106 Australian Pelican Pelicanus conspicillatus
    980 Brown Skua, Catharacta longbergi
    125 Silver Gull Larus novaehollandiae
    981 Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
    115 Crested Tern Sterna bergii
    114 White-fronted Tern Sterna striata
    227 Sooty Oystercatcher Haematopus fuliginosus


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