Monday, November 28, 2005

Marion Bay Pelagic Trip

Last Sunday's (27/11) pelagic trip left from Dunnalley rather than the usual Eaglehawk Neck and was a pretty quiet and comfortable trip for the participants. However the absence of wind was the probable cause of the relatively few birds being sighted.
The one bird that bears comment was a single Golden Plover seen circling the boat while they were 15km offshore. Bill W. at first thought that someone was imitating the GPs call, until someone saw a wader that gave excellent views and allowed positive ID.

Observations included: 1 Southern Giant Petrel, 1 Northern Giant Petrel, 1 White-chinned Petrel, 3 Southern Royal Albatross, 2 imm & 1 ad. Black-browed Albatross, c50 Shy Albatross, c3 Yellow-nosed Albatross, 2 Buller's Albatross as well as Gannets, Short-tailed Shearwater, Crested Tern, Kelp Gull and Black-faced Cormorant. Inshore species included Pelican and c70 Bar-tailed Godwit.

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