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Tutukaka Pelagic Results - 6 Oct 2019 : Black Bellied SP & White-headed Petrel

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:48 pm
by ourspot
Had another great day out at the 'Petrel Station' on todays Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird trip with 7 of us venturing out via the Poor Knight Islands to the explore the deep beyond. A good 10-15 knot wind throughout the day provided great viewing of a variety of stunning seabirds.

Highlights of the trip were:

– 1 White-headed Petrel

– 1 Black-belied Storm Petrel
– 13 New Zealand Storm petrels
– Big boils ups of thousands of Buller’s Shearwaters, Fairy Prion, and gulls following the feeding Trevally around.

During the trip we saw 26 different seabird species - nearly 10,000 seabirds in total! Was a fantastic day out.

Cheers Scott

021 322 324 | scott@ourspot.nz

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Here’s the full trip results:

1 x Wandering Albatross (Snowy)
3 x Wandering Albatross (Gibsons)
5 x White-capped Mollymawk

3 x Northern Giant Petrel

1 x WHITE-HEADED PETREL
7 x Grey-faced Petrel

30 x Cook's Petrel

1 x Pycroft's Petrel
3 x Black Petrel

1,500 x Fairy Prion

7,000 x Buller's Shearwater

20 x Sooty Shearwater

4 x Short-tailed Shearwater

12 x Fluttering Shearwater

30 x Little Shearwater

13 x NZ Storm Petrel

1 BLACK-BELLIED STORM PETREL
9 x White-faced Storm Petrel

40 x Common Diving Petrel
3 x Little Blue Penguin

500 x Gannet

600 x Red-billed Gull

2 x Black-backed Gull

51 x Pied Shag

1 x Little Pied Shag

3 x Little Black Shag

Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Results - 6 Oct 2019 : Black Bellied SP & White-headed Petrel

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:56 am
by ourspot
And to top off an awesome day out, with a great range of seabirds, two people on the trip cracked the 200 New Zealand bird species barrier on the trip. Congrats to Harry Boorman and Richard Fenner. A great goal to reach.

Cheers Scott

Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Results - 6 Oct 2019 : Black Bellied SP & White-headed Petrel

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:33 am
by sav
Hey Scott,

That all looks good. Any photos of the Black-bellied Stormy?

Nice one Harry and Richard!!

cheers

Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Results - 6 Oct 2019 : Black Bellied SP & White-headed Petrel

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:52 pm
by ourspot
Here's a photo of the Black-bellied Storm Petrel - Image was taken by Bruce Wedderburn from Australia.

Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Results - 6 Oct 2019 : Black Bellied SP & White-headed Petrel

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:48 pm
by sav
NICE! That would be a North Island tick for me. And White-headed Petrel....

cheers

Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Results - 6 Oct 2019 : Black Bellied SP & White-headed Petrel

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:19 pm
by Tim Barnard
Loved this trip. Has to be the best pelagic running in NZ just now. Great crew. Great birds. Fantastic spectacle!
Thanks Scott as always, and full marks to Paul G for putting the call out on the BBSP ... just a shame the WHP was a hit and run.