12 July 2014 Report

OVERVIEW

Quiet trip with total lack of 'classic' winter species (such as Wandering-type Albatross, Cape Petrel etc).

BIRD LIST

Note that the number in parentheses represents the maximum number of that species present at one time.

Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris: 50 (20)
Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida: 4 (3) [3 adult, 1 3rd year]
Shy/White-capped Albatross Thalassarche cauta: 6 [4 adult birds with bright orange bill tips but lack of orange at base of culminicorn (this combination is likely indicative for adult T. c. steadi); 1 juvenile showing some wear and bleach, indicating an earlier fledging date (and hence likely a juvenile T. c. cauta; however), 1 juvenile in pristine fresh plumage indicating recent fledging (and hence possibly a T. c. steadi; however because of its pale head a juvenile T. c. cauta cannot be ruled out)]
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche carteri: 20 (8) [1 sub-adult, all others adult]
Buller’s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri: 6 (3) [all adult]
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli: 1 (1) [juvenile]
Fairy Prion Pachyptila turtur: 30 (8)
Providence Petrel Pterodroma solandri: 5 (2)
Fluttering Shearwater Puffinus gavia: 3 (1)
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator: 6 (2)
Silver Gull Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae: 100 (100)
Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii: 5 (2)
White-fronted Tern Sterna striata: 3 (3) [all adult]
Brown Skua Stercorarius antarcticus: 5 (5)

OTHER

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae: 2 (2)
Inshore Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops aduncus: 5 (4) [in the harbour]