Port Macdonnell Pelagic Nov 2010
November 14, 2010
- Southern Fulmar : probably a young bird, faded primaries. Bird observed feeding on the slick and present for more than half an hour.
- White-headed Petrel : two birds identified from photos, observed feeding on slick.
- Long-tailed Skua : flew up to boat on the way out. Coming quite close allowing good photos. Showing usual characteristics and jizz.
- Storm Petrels: in smaller numbers than recent trips.
- Grey-backed Storm Petrel makes another surprising appearance for Nov
- Birds fed warily early on the slick away from the boat. Feeding picked up around midday.
Observers: Colin Rogers; Grant Penhryn; John Cox; Bill Alcock; Jim Allen; Kev Lobotami; John Berrgy; Teressa Jack; Merilyn Browne; Stuart Hull;
Crew: Mark Moody (Skipper) Jamie Moody (Crew)
Weather: Sky Overcast, Light Showers in the area, Fresh Southerly overnight. (Synoptic situation: High ridging into South of Bight; trough line extending into SW Queensland with Low centred Eastern Bass Strait directing a steady 10-15kt S breeze over SE South Australia.) See chart below.
Seas: Choppy to 2m wind wave, SW swell to 2 m; both abating during the day. Sea Surface Temperature 14ºC measured at sea.
Sailed at 6.45am heading S to (38º 27’S 140º 38’E) in c1200m. Worked slick in area all day before returning to Pt Mac around 3.00pm.