Sunday, March 28, 2010
Dave and I drove down to Gong harbour early Saturday morning and boarded the Sandra K with the other keen pelagic goers. It was built up as being a great day for ocean birds and everyone was quite excited with the endless possibilities being mentioned. We set off at 7am in overcast conditions and into a fair chop.
It wasn't long before we had an endless stream of Wedge-tailed and Flesh-footed Shearwaters behind the boat and they followed us for most of the day. A few Short-tailed Shearwaters joined in and a single Hutton's Shearwater circled the boat, my first tick for the day.
It was at this point I commenced vomiting and didn't stop for the rest of the day. Being sea sick is a terrible feeling and I really struggled to lift my head at times. I did manage great views of Pomarine Jaeger (including birds in breeding plumage), Yellow-nosed, Campbell and Shy Albatross, Solander's Petrel and my two other ticks for the day, Great-winged Petrel and Wilson's Storm-petrel.
So at the end of the day I managed 3 new species but had a completely miserable time. I hate being sea sick!!!!