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
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.
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