This Sydney pelagic (9th February 2013) produced the first BARAU'S Petrel off the Australian East Coast!
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The water temperature was 26degC. We will submit a detailed report to BARC.
The other great highlight was the release of the Grey-faced Petrel recently found by Joan Dawes at Circular Quay (23rd Jan; Eremaea/Birdline #163338). When the bird was found it was covered in a fine oil and required several washes and waterproofing prior to release. This was done by Libby Hall and her team at Taronga Wildlife Hospital. I released the bird at Brown's Mountain at 10:15am while other Grey-faced Petrels were circling the boat. It was fantastic to see the bird fly away in his classic Pterodroma-manner!
Other highlights were 2+ Gould's Petrel along with two Sooty Terns.
Nikolas and everybody on Hal's Halicat