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Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 21 July 2018 - inc Light-mantled Sooty Albatross & Brown Skua

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:45 am
by ourspot
Had a great pelagic day out yesterday (21st July) on the Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird trip with 10 of us venturing out via the Poor Knight Islands to the explore the trench area beyond. Wind and swell picked up during the day providing great viewing of a variety of seabirds. Interestingly there were none of the prions seen on the last trip 2 weeks ago (except fairy).

During the trip we sighted 19 different seabird species. A fantastic day out.

Highlights of the trip were:
1 Light-mantled Sooty Albatross
1 Brown Skua
Huge amount of Grey-faced Petrel

Cheers Scott
021 322 324 | scott@ourspot.nz

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So here’s the full trip results:

1 x Light-mantled Sooty Albatross
3 x Buller's Mollymawk
2 x White-capped Mollymawk
1 x Black-browed Mollymawk
1 x Campbell Mollymawk
1 x Diomedea Albatross species
2 x Northern Giant Petrel
117 x Grey-faced Petrel
1 x Cape Petrel
4 x Cook's Petrel
1425 x Fairy Prion (one bird had an entirely white head (presumed leucism).
1 x Buller's Shearwater
65 x Fluttering Shearwater
60 x Little Shearwater
960 x Common Diving-Petrel
1 x Brown/Southern Skua
600 x Australasian Gannet
38 x Red-billed Gull
1 x Pied Shag

Poor Knights Islands sightings (on or flying above)
1 x Swamp Harrier
3 x Starling

Other sea life included:
Approx 50 common dolphins
1 x Blue Shark

Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 21 July 2018 - inc Light-mantled Sooty Albatross & Brown Skua

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:06 pm
by erikforsyth
Hi Scott

great to read your reports, fantastic lists. You are certainly showing us that winter pelagics off NZ are well worth it!

cheers
Erik Forsyth
Rockjumper Birding Tours
www.rockjumperbirding.com

Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 21 July 2018 - inc Light-mantled Sooty Albatross & Brown Skua

Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:06 pm
by Steve Wood
Fairy Prion ( Antarctic SSp) Tutukaka July 2018.jpg
Antarctic Fairy Prion.
Fairy Prion ( Antarctic SSp) Tutukaka July 2018.jpg (242.09 KiB) Viewed 276 times
Also of interest, when going through some images of the flocks of Fairy Prions was some Antarctic Fairy Prions as well .Lack of hardly any facial pattern.

Plus a white headed version