Petrel Station Trip Report (17 Nov 22): Wedge-tailed, 1 Grey, 4 Mottled & 2 Black-winged Petrels, LT Skua

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Petrel Station Trip Report (17 Nov 22): Wedge-tailed, 1 Grey, 4 Mottled & 2 Black-winged Petrels, LT Skua

Postby ourspot » Fri Nov 18, 2022 3:08 pm

THE PETREL STATION TRIP REPORT (17 November 2022)
Had an outstanding day out at the 'Petrel Station' on the latest Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird trip (in northern New Zealand). Conditions on the day were overcast, with steady 10 to 15 knot winds throughout the day, and a 2m swell.

The highlights of the trip were:
- A Wedge-tailed Shearwater
- A Grey Petrel
- 2 Black-winged Petrels
- 4 Mottled Petrels
– A Long-tailed Skua

During the trip we saw 28 different seabird species, and enjoyed watching around 9,500 stunning seabirds in total! One surprising part of the trip was only seeing 45 Buller's Shearwaters during the day – normally in spring/summer we see thousands of them as they breed on the nearby Poor Knights Islands.

You can see some loads of images from the day at: http://www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation

Cheers
Scott Brooks
Tutukaka ‘Petrel Station’ Pelagics organiser

P : 021 322 324
E : seabirds@thepetrelstation.nz
Insta : http://www.instagram.com/thepetrelstation
FB : http://www.facebook.com/thepetrelstation

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Here’s the full trip results:
1 x Northern Royal Albatross
3 x New Zealand Wandering Albatross (Antipodes)
1 x Buller's Mollymawk
3 x White-capped Mollymawk
2 x Grey-faced Petrel
4 x Mottled Petrel
2 x Black-winged Petrel
110 x Cook's Petrel
2 x Pycroft's Petrel
6,500 x Fairy Prion
1 x Grey Petrel
40 x Black Petrel
120 x Flesh-footed Shearwater
1 x Wedge-tailed Shearwater
45 x Buller's Shearwater
400 x Fluttering Shearwater
9 x Sooty Shearwater
2 x Short-tailed Shearwater
15 x Little Shearwater
1 x Wilson's Storm-Petrel
45 x White-faced Storm-Petrel
20 x New Zealand Storm-Petrel
500 x Common Diving-Petrel
1,100 x Australasian Gannet
1 x Long-tailed Skua
500 x Red-billed Gull
3 x Black-backed Gull
51 x Pied Shag

Other Marine Life:
- Pod of Common Dolphins
– Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins
– A Mako Shark
– 3 NZ Fur Seal
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Re: Petrel Station Trip Report (17 Nov 22): Wedge-tailed, 1 Grey, 4 Mottled & 2 Black-winged Petrels, LT Skua

Postby Jim_j » Fri Nov 18, 2022 3:14 pm

Hey Scott
Another great report.
Just for the un-initiated
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Re: Petrel Station Trip Report (17 Nov 22): Wedge-tailed, 1 Grey, 4 Mottled & 2 Black-winged Petrels, LT Skua

Postby Jim_j » Fri Nov 18, 2022 3:16 pm

Sorry didn't finish my sentence!!
How do you do estimates when the birds are in the 10,000s and I assume not staying nice and still!!

Cheers
Jim

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