Halicat has been sold and Hal retired from the boat charter business in October 2013

These tours are now run by the Sydney Pelagic Group Cooperative of which Hal is a member and will continue to run on an alternative vessel as long as the support of the local and overseas birding fraternity continues.

The same enthusiastic guides, spotters & photographers will be on board to make your day a memorable one

To book your place please call Roger Mc Govern 99533484 or 0407 389 808

Or Hal Epstein 0411311236

You will need to provide a credit card number on which to hold your booking
PAYMENT IS BY CASH ON THE DAY ONLY non concession $120 concession $110
For the regulars who will undertake 5 or more tours in each calendar year the cost is $100

Please note : to change or cancel your booking you will have to give at least 5 working days notice
Tickets are fully transferable so if you suddenly can’t make it get someone else to come along

Please also read the Liability Disclaimer at the end of this note. Your participation on a tour is deemed as acceptance of the conditions noted in the disclaimer.

Trip schedule 2014

Saturday 12 April
Saturday 10 May
Sunday 15 June
Saturday 12 July
Sunday 10 August
Saturday 13 September
Saturday 11 October
Sunday 16 November set up for international parks & garden delegates
Others are welcome to join this trip

Pick up

0645 hrs Cremorne Pt ( until Mosman Bay Wharf is back in service )
0700hrs Rose Bay (Lyne park) see location maps below

Tours are expected to be back in the harbour by about 1530hrs in the afternoon
Remember to confirm that the weather/sea conditions are OK for the tour to proceed -telephone 0411 311 236 or 0407 389 808 on the afternoon of the day prior to the to

Tours are weather & numbers dependent
If a tour is cancelled you will have the opportunity to be rebooked at a future date

Pick up

Rose Bay Ferry Wharf situated in Lyne Park Rose Bay 0700 hrs
Access is via New South Head Rd Rose Bay
There are two wharves close together –depending on traffic we might use either

All day free parking is available in designated areas

Cremorne Point Ferry Wharf from April 12 2014 until further notice
Access via Murdoch St then Milson Rd at 0645 hrs

All day free parking is available in designated areas

Do not panic if we are not at your pick up location exactly on time –delays can occur
If you are running late call Hal on 0411 311 236 or Roger on 0407 389 808 to let us know where you are

Sydney Pelagic Group
Disclaimer of Liability –
The pelagic tours are conducted on a vessel operated by TCP Marine Pty Ltd and no other party accepts any liability whatsoever in connection with the tours. Participants of the tour acknowledge this. Participants also acknowledge that they understand that that pelagic boating may involve certain risks including without limitation sickness, injury and loss of property, that they have independently considered and understood the risks involved and that they agree that they will bear those risks. Participants also acknowledge that they are fit and healthy and suffer from no medical conditions that make participation in an offshore boating trip unwise. For further information, please contact TCP Marine Pty Ltd on 0415 346 940.
Note : The Zane Grey us operated by TCP Marine Pty Ltd and is licensed to carry 45 passengers plus crew to 30 NM offshore

What to Bring

A small pair of good quality binoculars 8-10X magnification is advised.

There will be opportunities to photograph birds at close range, although
lenses up to 300mm or even 400mm are useful.
Cetaceans can be both close & far away
Bring plenty memory cards.
Tripods /monopods are of minimal use due to the motion of the boat
Cameras hand held using image stabilisation and fast shutter speeds will get you really good results
There are usually many experienced photographers on board who are always willing to lend a hand on camera settings etc if you need it. Do not hesitate to ask.

Warm and wet weather clothing,
A water/wind proof jacket for days when there is a lot of spray.
Many also prefer to wear waterproof footwear.
A hat and sunglasses are essential, especially in summer

Food and drink.
Serve yourself tea, coffee and juice, biscuits are on board free of charge.
Water is also available

Sun Screen Sun block (15+) even in winter

Information Books on Cetaceans and Birds
Bring your own guide or available on board
Tony Palliser has compiled monthly viewing statistics for the Sydney &Wollongong trips
If you need a list then please go to

If in doubt about your “sea legs”, consult your doctor or pharmacist as to the remedies available. Remember you will be in the open ocean where the wave height and swell will rarely be minimal.

Hints on how to help prevent seasickness
1 Get a full night’s sleep the night before. A night out on the town before the tour is not recommended.
2 Eat a hearty breakfast
3.Take remedies as directed –don’t take extra just to be sure.
4. Stand up as much as possible when on board and remain outside.
5. Look at the horizon, (It helps control your balance).
6. Keep yourself busy observing what is around.
7. Eat solid foods such as biscuits and bread rolls while on board.
Relax & enjoy the adventure .

HALICAT BIRD LIST - 80 species sighted so far

Tristram's Storm-Petrel              Hydrobates tristrami
Wilson's Storm-Petrel                Oceanites oceanicus
Grey-backed Storm-Petrel             Garrodia nereis
White-faced Storm-Petrel             Pelagodroma marina
Black-bellied Storm-Petrel           Fregetta tropica
White-bellied Storm-Petrel           Fregetta grallaria
Wandering Albatross                  Diomedea exulans
Royal Albatross                      Diomedea epomophora
Black-browed Albatross               Thalassarche melanophris
Shy Albatross                        Thalassarche cauta
Grey-headed Albatross                Thalassarche chrysostoma
Yellow-nosed Albatross               Thalassarche chlororhynchos
Buller's Albatross                   Thalassarche bulleri
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross        Phoebetria palpebrata
Southern Giant-Petrel                Macronectes giganteus
Northern Giant-Petrel                Macronectes halli
Southern Fulmar                      Fulmarus glacialoides
Cape Petrel                          Daption capense
Blue Petrel                          Halobaena caerulea
Salvin's Prion                       Pachyptila salvini
Antarctic Prion                      Pachyptila desolata
Slender-billed Prion                 Pachyptila belcheri
Fairy Prion                          Pachyptila turtur
White-chinned Petrel                 Procellaria aequinoctialis
Westland Petrel                      Procellaria westlandica
Black Petrel                         Procellaria parkinsoni
Wedge-tailed Shearwater              Ardenna pacifica
Buller's Shearwater                  Ardenna bulleri
Flesh-footed Shearwater              Ardenna carneipes
Sooty Shearwater                     Ardenna grisea
Short-tailed Shearwater              Ardenna tenuirostris
Streaked Shearwater                  Calonectris leucomelas
Fluttering Shearwater                Puffinus gavia
Hutton's Shearwater                  Puffinus huttoni
Little Shearwater                    Puffinus assimilis
Tahiti Petrel                        Pseudobulweria rostrata
Kerguelen Petrel                     Lugensa brevirostris
Kermadec Petrel                      Pterodroma neglecta
Herald Petrel                        Pterodroma heraldica
Soft-plumaged Petrel                 Pterodroma mollis
White-headed Petrel                  Pterodroma lessonii
Great-winged Petrel                  Pterodroma macroptera
Providence Petrel                    Pterodroma solandri
Mottled Petrel                       Pterodroma inexpectata
Gould's Petrel                       Pterodroma leucoptera
Cook's Petrel                        Pterodroma cookii
White-necked Petrel                  Pterodroma cervicalis
Black-winged Petrel                  Pterodroma nigripennis
Common Diving-Petrel                 Pelecanoides urinatrix
Little Penguin                       Eudyptula minor
Lesser Frigatebird                   Fregata ariel
Australasian Gannet                  Morus serrator
Masked Booby                         Sula dactylatra
Brown Booby                          Sula leucogaster
Little Pied Cormorant                Microcarbo melanoleucos
Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
Little Black Cormorant               Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Pied Cormorant                       Phalacrocorax varius
Australian Pelican                   Pelecanus conspicillatus
South Polar Skua                     Stercorarius maccormicki
Brown Skua                           Stercorarius antarcticus
Pomarine Jaeger                      Stercorarius pomarinus
Arctic Jaeger                        Stercorarius parasiticus
Long-tailed Jaeger                   Stercorarius longicaudus
Common Noddy                         Anous stolidus
Black Noddy                          Anous minutus
White Tern                           Gygis alba
Grey Ternlet                         Procelsterna cerulea
Bridled Tern                         Onychoprion anaethetus
Sooty Tern                           Onychoprion fuscata
Little Tern                          Sternula albifrons
Caspian Tern                         Hydroprogne caspia
Whiskered Tern                       Chlidonias hybrida
White-winged Black Tern              Chlidonias leucopterus
White-fronted Tern                   Sterna striata
Common Tern                          Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern                          Sterna paradisaea
Crested Tern                         Thalasseus bergii
Pacific Gull                         Larus pacificus
Kelp Gull                            Larus dominicanus

- Sightings

Whales ( cetaceans)

Humpback                              Megaptera novaeangliae                          
Southern Right                        Eubalaena australis
Minke dwarf                           Balaenoptera acuturostrata
Sperm                                 Physeter acrocephalus
Pygmy Blue                            Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda
Killer Whale                          Orcinus orca
False Killer Whale                    Pseudorca  crassidens
Melon Headed Whale                    Peponocephala electra
Long Finned Pilot Whale               Globicephala melas
Short Finned Pilot Whale              Globicephala macrorhyncus
Pygmy Killer Whale                    Feresa attenuata

Small Cetaceans (Dolphins)

Common( short beaked)                 Delphinus delphis
Bottlenose                            Tursiops truncatus                           
Risso                                 Grampus griseus                              
Pan Tropical Spotted                  Stenella attenuate


Australian Fur seal
New Zealand fur seal

Sharks   Rays   Fishes

Oceanic White Tip


Dolphin Fish
Yellowfin Tuna


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