Westport Pelagic - 23/24th & 30/31st July

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Steve Wood
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Westport Pelagic - 23/24th & 30/31st July

Postby Steve Wood » Sun Jun 12, 2022 2:54 pm

I have booked the last two weekends of July In the hope that at least one of the the days will be suitable to get out.
If your interested joining one or more of the days get in touch, $250 p/p.
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Re: Westport Pelagic - 23/24th & 30/31st July

Postby Steve Wood » Fri Jul 01, 2022 6:46 pm

We now have 7 booked in for the 23rd & 24th July so now just weather permitting . Still plenty of room if your want to join.
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Re: Westport Pelagic - 23/24th & 30/31st July

Postby Steve Wood » Tue Jul 19, 2022 8:13 pm

At this stage the weather is looking great for the coming weekend fingers crossed.
We now have 12, and room for a few more, and now at a more respectable price of $180 p/p per day. Thursday night will be confirmation that the trip is on,
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Re: Westport Pelagic - 23/24th & 30/31st July

Postby Steve Wood » Wed Jul 27, 2022 9:10 am

Both day trips out of Westport went ahead and tried two different spots both 12 miles out and approximately 150m depth. Still what you might call in shore but we had plenty of action both days but disappointingly a bit lite on diversity.

Highlights -

White Capped Albert 60 + at one stage,common both days
Campbell Albert. 2 (Saturday)
Buller’s Albert 1 brief fly by (Saturday)
N. Giant Petrel 1 brief fly by. (Sunday)
Cape Petrel. 4. (ssp Snares)
Westland Petrel 10+ - seen regularly all day on chum.
Common Diving Petrel 5+
Fairy Prion Common in large groups 30+ birds on chum.
Fluttering Shearwater. Regularly seen passing and a couple amongst the chum.
Sooty Shearwater. 1
Grey backed Storm Petrel (2) regularly seen on the Sunday in chum line
White fronted Tern 1 bird feeding amongst the chum
Gannet.

One large whale also seen -ID to be confirmed
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Re: Westport Pelagic - 23/24th & 30/31st July

Postby Michael Szabo » Tue Aug 02, 2022 8:20 am

Here's a couple of shots of the birds we saw.
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Campbell Albatross
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Grey-backed Storm Petrel.
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White-capped Albatrosses and Fairy Prions off the back of the boat.
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Re: Westport Pelagic - 23/24th & 30/31st July

Postby Michael Szabo » Fri Aug 19, 2022 8:29 am

View from the back of the boat.
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