Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 10th August 2019

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Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 10th August 2019

Postby ourspot » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:14 am

Awesome day out at the 'Petrel Station' yesterday on the Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird trip with 8 of us venturing out via the Poor Knight Islands to the explore the deep beyond. Conditions were very strong NW winds blowing (around 20-25+ knots) and 2-2.5 metre swells.

Despite these great conditions nothing out of the ordinary turned up but the regulars put on a great show for us. Highlight was approx 90 Grey-faced petrels and lots of Fairy prions that were flying and soaring everywhere round and round the boat (often within a metre of us) for most of the time at the chum spot which was a stunning sight.

We had such a fantastic chum and bird setup going, that if any birds had been in the area they would have had to come for a look to see what was going on. Some Cooks turned up every now and then, and the 4 Molly species put on their usual impressive displays, but it was the general chaos of the scene that was so spectacular.

Unfortunately the Sunday trip of the Tutukaka double weekend was cancelled (due to bad weather).

During the trip we saw 17 different seabird species.

Cheers Scott
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So here’s the full trip results:
5 x White-capped mollymawk
2 x Black-browed mollymawk
1 x Campbells mollymawk
1 x Buller's mollymawk
1 x Northern Giant petrel
200+ x Fairy prion
75 x Fluttering shearwater
10 x Little shearwater
10 x Cook's pretrel
90+ x Gray-faced petrel
1 x White-faced storm petrel
80 x Common diving petrel
500 x Gannet
43 x Pied shag
1 x Little black shag
25 x Red-billed gull
6 x Black-backed gull

Other bird and marine life on the Poor Knights Islands:
38 x NZ Fur seals
2 x Kingfisher
3 x Wood pigeon
1 x Poor Knights bellbird
3 x red-crowned parakeet
7 x Starling
4 x Swallow
3 x Harrier
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 10th August 2019

Postby phil hammond » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:31 am

Thanks again Scott, great trip. Highlight for me was the chance to inspect so many Grey-faced in the air up close and see the minor differences
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 10th August 2019

Postby Mike Vincent » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:58 pm

Here a couple of photos from the trip
Black-browed Mollymawk.jpg
Black-browed Mollymawk
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White-capped Mollymawk.jpg
White-capped Mollymawk
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 10th August 2019

Postby Mike Vincent » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:01 pm

Here are a couple of Mollymawks photos from the trip
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 10th August 2019

Postby Mike Vincent » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:03 pm

Bullers Mollymawk from Saturday.
Bullers Mollymawk 3.jpg
Bullers Mollymawk
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