Not really a trip report, just my observations. A full trip report will be posted.
This trip was an additional trip for Ryde TAFE, there was a spare spot, so I just tagged along
The day was more interesting for what we didn't see, rather than what we did. No petrels, at all, not even a Cape Petrel. Only a couple of Fairy Prions and 1 Storm-Petrel, a White-faced. Good numbers of Black-browed were around for the whole day and we picked up several Brown Skuas on the way back in, banding at least 4. The day was also notable for catching a banded Indian Yellow-nosed. It was French band and it also had a white darvic band, P52.
The seas started out as very uncomfortable, 4+ metres at times, with quite strong winds. From around midday, it subsided to merely uncomfortable. We made the shelf, but only just and we couldn't stop. It was an effort to catch the 8 or so birds that we did.
Species seen were,
Northern Giant Petrel
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
Wandering Albatross (including a juvenile !!)
White-faced Storm Petrel
We also saw a young Sea Eagle on the return trip.
Young Sea Eagle