Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7 July 2018 - inc Blue Petrel & Soft-Plumaged Petrel

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Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7 July 2018 - inc Blue Petrel & Soft-Plumaged Petrel

Postby ourspot » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:09 pm

An epic pelagic day today (7th July) on the Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird trip with 7 of us venturing out via the Poor Knight Islands to the explore the trench area beyond. Wind and swell picked up in afternoon providing excellent viewing of a great variety of seabirds.

During the trip we sighted 24 different seabird species. A fantastic day out.

Highlights of the trip were:
1 Blue Petrel
1 Soft-plumaged Petrel
1 Thin-billed Prion
5 Broad-billed Prion
15 Antarctic Prion
1 Arctic Tern
1 Southern Giant Petrel
Huge amount of Common Diving Petrel

Cheers Scott
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So here’s the full trip results:

1 Blue Petrel
1 Soft-plumaged Petrel
1 Thin-billed Prion
5 Broad-billed Prion
15 Antarctic Prion
4 Buller's Mollymawk
6 White-capped Albatross
5 Campbell Mollymawk
2 Northern Royal Albatross
5 New Zealand Wandering Albatross
1 Southern Giant Petrel
2 Northern Giant Petrel
2 Cape Petrel
36 Grey-faced Petrel
2 Cook's Petrel
2000 Fairy Prion
50 Little Shearwater
3 Fluttering Shearwater
1000 Common Diving-Petrel
1 New Zealand Storm-Petrel
1 Arctic Tern
1 Pied Shag
440 Australasian Gannet
260 Red-billed Gull

Poor Knights Islands sightings (on or flying above)
1 Swamp Harrier
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7th July 2018

Postby Davidthomas » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:46 pm

Sounds like a fantastic day spent out in the old briney Scott! Not at all jealous...
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7 July 2018 - inc Blue Petrel & Soft-Plumaged Petrel

Postby Oscar Thomas » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:41 pm

Here's the first of the shots: Blue petrel, Soft-plumaged petrel, Northern & Southern Giant petrel:

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https://www.instagram.com/oscarkokako/ - NZ List (204) Southern Giant petrel, Tutukaka, Northland
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7 July 2018 - inc Blue Petrel & Soft-Plumaged Petrel

Postby Oscar Thomas » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:44 pm

Broad-billed & Antarctic prions, Antipodean albatross?

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https://www.instagram.com/oscarkokako/ - NZ List (204) Southern Giant petrel, Tutukaka, Northland
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7 July 2018 - inc Blue Petrel & Soft-Plumaged Petrel

Postby RussCannings » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:25 pm

Hi Oscar,

Tough age on the Wanderer but the warm brownish tones to the cap are suggestive of Gibson's to me rather than the solid blackish cap of Antipodian.

Russ
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7 July 2018 - inc Blue Petrel & Soft-Plumaged Petrel

Postby CMKMStephens » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:44 pm

Great shots Oscar
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7 July 2018 - inc Blue Petrel & Soft-Plumaged Petrel

Postby Matthias » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:38 pm

Other birds from Saturday include Arctic Tern, one or two Thin-billed Prion, and two or three Salvin's Prion.
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 7 July 2018 - inc Blue Petrel & Soft-Plumaged Petrel

Postby ourspot » Sat Jul 14, 2018 3:00 pm

A Thin-Billed Prion and an Arctic tern have now also been confirmed for the trip. I've updated the list above to include these so we had a total of 24 seabird species for the day. There was also possible Salvin's Prion and Sub-Antarctic Little Shearwater but photos so far haven't been conclusive enough for a clear decision.

Cheers
Scott

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