Tutukaka Pelagic Results - 11 January 2020

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Tutukaka Pelagic Results - 11 January 2020

Postby ourspot » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:29 pm

Had another great, but super calm day out at the 'Petrel Station' on the 11th January Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird trip.

The highlight of the trip was undoubtably the 35+ New Zealand Storm Petrels that we had off the back of the boat all at one time. A great indicator of their local numbers in this area.

There was basically no wind on the day, which had an impact on the numbers and activity of the seabirds when we were out deep. Even the Storm Petrels were sitting on the water which I've never seen them doing before. But we still got a good variety of species and the Buller's Shearwaters were in huge numbers when we got back to the islands.

During the trip we saw 19 different seabird species, and over 10,000 seabirds in total! Even with the calm conditions it was a fantastic day out.

Cheers Scott

021 322 324 | scott@ourspot.nz


Here’s the full trip results:

350 x Fairy Prion
40 x Cook's Petrel
1 x Pycroft's (at least)
12 x Black Petrel
3 x Grey-faced Petrel
10,000+ Buller's Shearwater
200 x Fluttering Shearwater
2 x Flesh-footed Shearwater
2 x Sooty Shearwater
1 x Short-tailed Shearwater
35+ x NZ Storm Petrel
9 x White-faced Storm Petrel
600 x Gannet
24 x Grey Noddy
250 x Red-billed Gull
2 x Black-backed Gull
4 x Pied Shag
3 x Little Black Shags
1 x Caspian Tern

Other marine life included:
20 x Common Dolphins
4 x Sunfish
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