Pelagic Kaikoura

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Wandoona
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Pelagic Kaikoura

Postby Wandoona » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:03 am

My wife Jan and I slipped down to Kaikoura from Blenheim for a chance to get on a pelagic trip.27/6/2018. It was a great day and I got some photos I was happy with. It was a toss-up whether we would go for the shoveler at Nelson as there was no time for both.
Here's a list. Great Albatross 1 Northern Royal,6 Southern Royal,5 Wandering .. Gibson's.. Albatross ..10 black-browed, 17 New Zealand White-capped, 2 Salvin's,51 Buller's.. Petrels 8 Giant- Northern,1 Giant- Southern, 3 Westland, 120 Cape petrel 1 Common Diving Petrel.
3 Fairy prions, Shearwaters 2 Fluttering, 1 Antarctic Fulmar, Shags 1 pied,1 spotted,1 little. 6 black-fronted terns. 30 black-backed gulls,6 black-billed gulls 20 red-billed gulls.
In addition we were right on sperm whales, Dusky and Hectors Dolphin. Thanks to Gary Melville skipper. To top it off I found cirl buntings (finally).

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