Port Macdonnell Pelagic

Port MacDonnell is near Mount Gambier, South Australia. The boat "Remarkable" is a large cray-fishing vessel with plenty of space for 12 birders. It is fast and the continental shelf quite close, so travelling time each way is usually just over 90 minute

Getting There

To find out more about Port Macdonnell pelagics, contact Colin Rogers on twitchercolin@gmail.com / + 61 (0)417 896 977

GPS Coordinates 38°27.0′S, 140°37.998′E


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Whales, Dolphins & Seals 1 species
Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) 1
Seabirds 39 species
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) 3621 Conservative estimate. Mostly inshore. Only 10 offshore; hundreds present; most in shore; most inshore
Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur) 3303
Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) 730 (20 inshore); race steadi also present
Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) 708 mostly nominate race; mostly gouldi; majority the NZ race gouldi; some gouldi present; race gouldi present; most race gouldi; 50% race gouldi; most race gouldi; all nominate race
White-faced Storm Petrel (Pelagodroma marina) 283
Wilson's Storm Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) 254
Fluttering Shearwater (Puffinus gavia) 187 inshore waters only; all inshore
Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) 150 race impavida also present; most race impavida
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) 103
White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis) 67
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche carteri) 58 most immatures
Grey-backed Storm Petrel (Garrodia nereis) 47
Cape Petrel (Daption capense) 45 both races present
White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata) 39
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) 37 1 inshore, 1 offshore; 5 offshore, rest inshore
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 23
Antarctic Prion (Pachyptila desolata) 15
Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) 13
Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) 12
Northern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli) 11
Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 8
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) 7
Salvin's Albatross (Thalassarche salvini) 7
Sooty Albatross (Phoebetria fusca) 7 sub-adults present
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) 7
Southern Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora) 6
Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus) 5
Northern Royal Albatross (Diomedea sanfordi) 5
White-headed Petrel (Pterodroma lessonii) 4
Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) 2
Common Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix) 2
Soft-plumaged Petrel (Pterodroma mollis) 2
Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) 2 immature bird
Black-bellied Storm Petrel (Fregetta tropica) 1
Southern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialoides) 1
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) 1
Slender-billed Prion (Pachyptila belcheri) 1
Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) 1
Brown Skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) 1