• Saturday 27th September 2014 SOSSA PELAGIC TRIP, WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

    Here's a list of what was seen on the boat outside the harbour on Saturday 27 September. It uses the BARC Australian Checklist (v2014 July based on IOC v4.2) for taxonomy, nomenclature & order of species and gives fairly conservative numbers. For the commoner species the numbers are estimates.


    Cape Petrel

    Leaving at 07.15 hrs, we travelled out to 34 26' 30" S; 151 16' 26" E, 12 km E of the harbour in 80m+ shelf waters, where we caught and banded a Wandering Albatross type with measurements which fitted Antipodean Albatross subspecies gibsoni or Tristan Albatross, then continued out to 34 31' 23" S; 151 16' 21" E, 35.3 km E of the harbour and past the shelf edge in 300m+ pelagic waters, where we drifted WNW for 1 km, 10.53-12.10 hrs, catching and banding 1 Wandering and 1 Antipodean Albatross, then turned back in, travelling to 34 29' 30" S; 151 07' 07' E, 20.9 km E of the harbour in 130m+ shelf waters, where we stopped and drifted 600m WSW, 13.18-37 hrs, then continued in to 34 27' 44" S; 151 01' 34" E, 11.8 km E of the harbour in 80m+ shelf waters, where we caught an adult Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross with a damaged wing and banded an immature Campbell Albatross, 14.27-50 hrs, before arriving back in the harbour at 15.55 hrs.


    Probable Gibson's Albatross

    Seas were bumpy in the morning on a low swell but eased as the wind dropped in the afternoon. Sea temperature was 18 inshore and 19.6 out at the shelf edge.



    Maximum number seen at any one time in brackets


    086 Wandering Albatross 2 (1) both exulans, one a female, the other not determined
    846 Antipodean Albatross 1 (1) female antipodensis
    Wandering Albatross type 5 (1) including 1 banded, size indicated either Antipodean gibsoni or Tristan Albatross
    088 Black-browed Albatross 5 (5) sub-adult
    859 Campbell Albatross 1 (1) immature, but there may have been other immatures present
    Black-browed/Campbell Albatross 15+ (10) immatures
    091 Shy Albatross 25 (13) mainly adult & immature steadi, possibly some cauta too
    864 Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross 2 (1)
    080 Cape Petrel 1 (1) australe
    083 Fairy Prion 3 (2)
    971 Providence Petrel 2 (2)
    069 Wedge-tailed Shearwater 20 (5)
    071 Short-tailed Shearwater 1,000+ (100)
    068 Fluttering Shearwater 200 (50)
    106 Australian Pelican 1 (1)
    104 Australasian Gannet 5 (3)
    125 Silver Gull 100 (50)
    981 Kelp Gull 2 (2) both adults
    115 Greater Crested Tern 25 (15)
    114 White-fronted Tern 1 (1) immature

    Other
    Bar-tailed Godwit 3 (3) heading south over the sea 16.9 kms E of the harbour


    Bar-tailed Godwits


    We saw a couple of Humpback Whales on the surface, a seal, probably Australian Fur Seal, and several Common Dolphin.

    Cheers
    Graham


    Antipodean Albatross