Port Fairy Pelagic

Port Fairy is about 3.5 hours from Melbourne, situated on the Great Ocean Road. The shelf-edge here is broad but rich. This is one of the few places in the world that Blue Whales congregate, between about November and May.

Getting There

Port Fairy pelagics run occasionally. For information on upcoming dates, check Bird-O (http://bird-o.com/australian-pelagics/) or call Neil Macumber of Birdswing Birding and Wildlife Tours on +61 3 53566274 or email birdswing@bigpond.com.

GPS Coordinates 38°47.814′S, 141°59.076′E

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Wildlife

Whales, Dolphins & Seals 4 species
Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) 45
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) 3
Australian Fur-seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) 2
Shepherd's Beaked Whale (Tasmacetus shepherdi) 1
Seabirds 26 species
Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur) 20047
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) 226 Dribs and drabs throughout the day.
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) 201 The most abundant shearwater of the day
Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) 122 Both subspecies
Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) 78
White-faced Storm Petrel (Pelagodroma marina) 52 Abundant at every beryl stop and seen frequently en route.
Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) 25
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 25 Mostly singles near the shelf
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche carteri) 15 The commonest albatross of the day.
Grey-backed Storm Petrel (Garrodia nereis) 12
Wilson's Storm Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) 10
Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 6
Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida) 6
Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) 3
White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis) 3
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) 3
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) 3
Slender-billed Prion (Pachyptila belcheri) 2
Northern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli) 1
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) 1
Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) 1
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) 1 Hundreds close to the coast, a few on berley stops
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 1
Brown Skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) 1
Fluttering Shearwater (Puffinus gavia) 1
White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata) 1