Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

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Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

Postby ourspot » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:37 pm

Had a great day out today (5th November) on the Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird trip with 7 of us venturing out via the Poor Knight Islands to the explore the deep beyond. A strong SW wind and some chop during the day providing great viewing of a variety of seabirds.

The classic sighting of the day was a pelagic shining cuckoo which did a boat flyby out at the 31 mile mark offshore!

The other highlights of the trip were:
– 28 New Zealand Storm Petrels at one chum spot (they were everywhere - fantastic!)
– 2 Wilson’s Storm Petrels
– Huge amount of Flesh-footed Shearwaters which were bombing the chum spot and the boat.

During the trip we sighted 24 different seabird species. A fantastic day out.

Cheers Scott
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So here’s the full trip results:

2 x Wandering Albatross
1 x White-capped Mollymawk
1 x Northern Giant Petrel
3 x Grey-faced Petrel
35 x Cook's Petrel
2 x Pycroft Petrel
7 x Black Petrel
15 x Fairy Prion
120 x Flesh-footed Shearwater
1500(+) x Buller's Shearwater
30 x Little Shearwater
6 x Fluttering Shearwater
1 x Short-tailed Shearwater
2 x Wilson's Storm-Petrel
5 x White-faced Storm-Petrel
28 x New Zealand Storm-Petrel
35 x Common Diving-Petrel
400 x Australasian Gannet
6 x Black-backed Gull
35 x Red-billed Gull
1 x White-fronted Tern
47 x Pied Shag
3 x Little Pied Shag
1 x Little Black Shag
1 x Shining Cuckoo

Poor Knights Islands sightings (on or flying above)
2 x New Zealand Pigeon
3 x Australasian Harrier
2 x Red-crowned Parakeet
5 x Tui
3 x Bellbird
3 x Welcome Swallow
1 x Sparrow
1 x Starling

Other sea life included:
1 x Fur Seal
2 x Blue Shark
1 x Mako Shark
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12 NZ Storm Petrels in the one shot!
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Wilson's Storm Petrel
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Tim being bombed by a Flesh-Footed Shearwater
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

Postby Tim Barnard » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:49 pm

I suspect there were a few Pycroft's around on Monday. Here's the best photo I could get ...
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

Postby phil hammond » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:11 pm

Great photos Tim. IMO that lower picture in particular really illustrates well the different structure in Pycrofts from Cooks and shows the shorter neck, longer tail, and different wing shape of Pycrofts. Thanks for posting

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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

Postby Graeme T » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:32 pm

Some pretty cool photos. Bet everyone wished they were there rather than sitting at desks. I noticed in the storm petrel photos that the bird on the middle right seems to have 4 leg bands (3 darker colours and a pale one - probably metal band). Did you attempt to photograph any of the banded birds?

While I have handled thousands of Pycrofts on colonies I do find them tricky to ID at sea. But a darker unspeckled crown and a shorter bill is obvious in the hand so you would expect it should be a field character as well. Cooks and Pycroft's underwings are pretty similar.

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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

Postby Steve Wood » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:07 pm

Hi Graeme

Attached a couple of images of colour banded NZ Stormies for the record. Yellow - Blue and ? -Yellow.
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

Postby Steve Wood » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:11 pm

And a Pycroft's Petrel.
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

Postby Tim Barnard » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:21 pm

This is one of the best pelagics running at the moment. Great for NZ Stormies and Pycrofts. Just a few more memories ... Scotty is doing an awesome job ... highly recommended.
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Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 5 November 2018

Postby Les Feasey » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:30 am

A few of the more amusing/different moments on the pelagic:
The Flesh-footed that kept on trying to land on Scotty’s head, and eventually landed on the floor of the boa. Luke helped him to rejoin his mates again.

The fish boil-ups around Poor Knights- there were so many boil-ups the Buller’s shearwater couldn’t decide which to feed on. These were trevalli.
The berley bags that suddenly disappeared - I suppose it had nothing to do with the Mako hanging around, or the Blue sharks, but the Flesh-footed liked it:
The stunning image of a White-fronted tern against the Island, the only one we saw this trip:
Another great pelagic, each one very different from the others. This one had Buller's Shearwater and Flesh-footed Shearwater and NZ Storms, the last one Little Shearwater, the next one may be Grey Noddy. Thanks for organising Scotty.
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Flesh-footed shearwater after the berley bag
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Trevalli boil-up.
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Fleshy likes Scotty's camera.
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