Monday, 13 March 2017

Pelagic 04 -- Port Fairy

Last Sunday was another Port Fairy Pelagic. It was a different boat, bigger, faster and more comfortable than my previous voyage last year. The replaced boat came to an unfortunate end. Purchased by a drug syndicate, she didn't get far. Here is the newspaper report. Boat Runs Aground The new boat was a twin diesel V8 beauty. We motored out to the edge of the continental shelf, a distance of approximately 60km in just over 2 hours. There was a bit of a swell and a bit of a breeze. Several camera and lens combinations did protect their owners from becoming wetter! It was an excellent day for birds. Five albatross species [Buller's was new for me], two jaeger species [Arctic and Long-tailed were new for me], Sooty Shearwaters plus dolphins, seals and sharks. I did get sun/wind burnt.

Arctic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Crested Tern
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross
Buller's Albatross
Campbell's Albatross
White-faced Storm-Petrel

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Broome Roadtrip 02

I lodged at the Broome Bird Observatory for 3 days before and 3 days after the Ashmore Reef Pelagic Cruise. It sits on the edge of Roebuck Bay about 20km from Broome by road. It is a great place for birds!!

Silver Gull, Common Sandpiper
Brahminy Kite
Australian Bushlark
Brown Falcon catching some last rays.
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Whistling Kites
Yellow Chat, male
Roebuck Bay 
Mudskipper, species unknown to me.
Blue-spotted Mudskipper
Broad-billed Flycatcher
Great Egret
Mangrove Mudskippers
Oriental Pratincole
Pacific Golden Plover
High tide roost. Birds on the beach.
A close up of above. What can you see?
Curlew Sandpiper
Lesser Sand Plover
As to the shorebirds above? I reckon you can see Red-necked Avocets, Bar-tailed Godwits, Black-winged Stilts, Caspian Terns, a Common Sandpiper, Crested Terns, Eastern Curlews and Silver Gulls.