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