Kaikoura storm-chasing sea-watch

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andrewcrossland
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Kaikoura storm-chasing sea-watch

Postby andrewcrossland » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:16 pm

Hi folks, Phil Crutchley, Antony Shadbolt and I went up to Kaikoura yesterday to try some sea-watching from the end of the peninsula reefs. We went to South Bay and walked out to the south-easterno-most point. 28oC, no wind and mirror-calm seas when we started, but on the horizon a line of low cloud, marking an approaching southerly front was evident. We set up scopes at the end of the reef and could see the wind-whipped line of waves getting nearer and nearer as the front approached. All the way along its edge we could see scores of albatross, giant petrels, smaller petrels, shearwaters, terns, gannets, etc. Then, bang! the wind and waves hit, and we had sea birds right in close! magic

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(front approaching)

seabird species list;
Huttons Shearwater
Bullers Shearwater
Fluttering Shearwater (several)
Sooty Shearwaerwater
Westland/W-chinned Petrel
Grey-faced Petrel
Northern Royal Albatross
Southern Royal Alb
Salvins Alb
White-capped Alb
Northern Giant Petrel
Pomarine Skua (1)
Arctic Skua
Aust Gannet

around the rocks we only found 3 Turnstone and no Tattlers, but many Banded Dotts and 3 Reef Heron

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Re: Kaikoura storm-chasing sea-watch

Postby andrewcrossland » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:47 pm

Map showing the sea watch location (yellow)

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Adam C
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Re: Kaikoura storm-chasing sea-watch

Postby Adam C » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:35 pm

Nice Andrew.

I clearly remember staying at South bay once in similar circumstances. Birding at its best! I need to skill up on my sea birds though. Im average at best. The next big thing after my obsession with shorebirds I guess!
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”

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