Saturday 28TH JULY 2012
    Report prepared by: Lindsay E. Smith.

    Departed: 0720 hrs
    Return 1530 hrs

    Sea conditions: Swell 1.5-2 metres from the south west easing in the afternoon

    Weather: Fine with scattered cloud

    Temperature range: 8.0 - 15 0 °C.

    Barometric pressure: 1010Hp rising later in the day

    Wind: West-SW tending to southerly in the afternoon

    Sea surface temperature: 16.0 in harbour 20.4° in 80-90 Fathoms (160-180 M.)

    Current From the North at 1.6 knots

    Primary chumming location 90 Fathoms

    A great winters day for birding, with very good numbers of Black-browed and Campbell albatrosses and large numbers of Fairy Prions, Fluttering and Hutton’s Shearwaters in-shore.

    Conditions at sea were a little uncomfortable for the banding team. There were a number of previously banded birds about, including a Brown Skua, a Southern Giant-Petrel and a Black-browed albatross. The Southern Giant Petrel was captured. It had been banded by scientists using US Fish & Wildlife Service, most likely on the Antarctic Peninsular (Palmer Station).

    Species code: Species name: Numbers:
    (Note: numbers in parenthesis = highest count at any one time)

    005 Little Penguin, Eudyptula minor 1
    929 Southern Giant-Petrel, Macronectes giganteus 1
    937 Northern Giant-Petrel, Macronectes halli 1
    083 Fairy Prion, Pachyptila turtur 500+
    070 Sooty Shearwater, Puffinus griseus 2
    068 Fluttering Shearwater, Puffinus gavial 400+
    913 Hutton’s Shearwater, Puffinus huttoni 20+
    086 Wandering Albatross. Diomedea exulans 2
    846 Antipodean Albatross. Diomedea antipodensis 2
    091 Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta 2+
    088 Black-browed Albatross, Thalassarche melanophrys 20+
    859 Campbell Albatross, Thalassarche impavida 15+
    931 Buller’s Albatross, Thalassarche bulleri 2
    864 Indian yellow-nosed Albatross, Thalassarche bassi 3+
    104 Australasian Gannet, Morus serrator 9+
    100 Little Pied Cormorant, Phalacrocorax melanoleucos 3
    099 Pied Cormorant, Phalacrocorax varius 1
    097 Little black Cormorant, Phalacrocorax sulcirostris 7
    096 Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo 3
    106 Australian Pelican, Pelicanus conspicillatus 100+ (most on 5 islands)
    980 Brown Skua, Catharacta skua 3
    981 Kelp Gull, Larus dominicanus 6
    125 Silver Gull, Larus novaehollandiae 100’s
    115 Crested Tern, Sterna bergii 20+

    Hump-backed Whales 2
    A pod of about 8+ Short-beaked Common Dolphins
    Fur Seals sp. 2 species not determined


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