Particpants : me (!) and 20 fishers
Departed Hillarys Boat Harbour at 7.00am (sunrise at 07:18) - returned at 4.10pm. Forecast to be a 1 metre sea on a 1.5 metre swell but it was very calm. The temperature was about 11C at departure with a maximum of about 21C. The breeze was very, very light.
With the weather so calm all week, I decided to go on a fishing trip to see what was out there at this time of year. The boat only went out to a depth of 124m, so I wasn't sure what I would see. The trip wasn't earth shattering, but it was good.
The boat headed out from Hillarys Boat Harbour to S31 48.374 E115 14.430 with a depth of 123 metres at 08:30. A few gannets, a Great Skua and a Yellow-nosed Albatross were the only birds seen on the way out.
The longer we were there, the more Yellow-nosed Albatross that came in (mostly immature with only one full adult seen). There were also some (immature) Black-browed Albatross with them. One Crested Tern and a few Wilson's Storm-Petrels were the other birds seen early. About 10:30 a Great Skua landed on the surface nearby, and shortly after one Cape Petrel and one Soft-plumaged Petrel flew past. The Cape Petrel stayed for a while.
The day was spent drifting, with regular repositioning of the boat. The maximum number of birds seen at any one time were 21 Yellow-nosed Albatross, 4 Black-browed Albatross and 3 Great Skuas.
We headed back for shore at 14:55, and on the way we saw 3 whales (Humpbacks?), and 3 Bottle-nose Dolphins in the harbour.
Bird List (Christidis & Boles order) :
Cape Petrel (1)
Soft-plumaged Petrel (1)
Black-browed Albatross (4+)
Yellow-nosed Albatross (30+)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (6 sightings with a maximum of 2 birds)
Australasian Gannet (6)
Great Skua (4)
Crested Tern (1)
Pied Cormorant (~10) harbour
Silver Gull (50+) harbour
Australian Magpie (1) harbour
Mammal List :
Humpback Whale (3)
Bottle-nose Dolphin (3) harbour
Fish List (not mine) :
Yellow-eyed Pink Snapper (young of same species?)
a big one!! (1 metre long) that I don't know
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