Port Fairy Pelagic
January 13, 2013
Report from the January Port Fairy Pelagic with Birdswing Birding and Wildlife Tours.
The Port Fairy Pelagic went out today with Birdswing Birding and Wildlife Tours. The weather began favourable with a light southwesterly wind and swell as we left cloudy Port Fairy and headed south.
One of the first birds of the day, a Flesh-footed Shearwater, was to herald the rest of the trip as we saw dozens. Despite two berley stops on the shelf edge about 30 miles offshore, highlights were hard to come by. We were graced by a couple of Wandering Albatross during the day and White-chinned Petrels. At the first berley stop there was a single Australian Fur Seal and a shark (as yet unidentified).
As the day progressed we added few other species. Of note were large numbers of Yellow-nosed Albatross and White-faced Storm Petrels.