This weekend everything looked good leading up to the big day. Strong winds in the eastern states had my heart pounding and brain calculating all the possibilities.... hmmmm.... Mottled Petrel perhaps? That would be nice...
Well, the day arrived and so did we. We left the jetty at 6am heading out past the continental shelf.
The weather was calm. Sadly too calm. No breeze to carry the birds. No breeze to carry the scent of burley. However we still managed 19 species and some very nice birds. They were not hungry though and very few landed at the back of the boat.
Luckily a trawler went past with lots of birds in tow....
A good time was had by all and it was a very nice way to spend the weekend.
Interesting sightings included Common Diving Petrel and a distant view of Long-tailed Skua.
VERY distant view of Long-tailed Jaeger
Northern Royal Albatross
Campbell's Albatross (Black-browed)
Immature Shy Tross