“What’s a pelagic trip?”, I think you’re asking.  It’s a boat trip to view ocean-going birds, usually at the edge of the continental shelf.  I did my first one from Port Stevens, NSW, in February, while we were in Newcastle for the 2015 BirdLife Photography “Digital Photography in the Bush” event.

On that trip, we saw about 10 species of sea-birds – and many thousand individual birds!  The only species I saw which I’d seen previously was the Wandering Albatross (see the picture at the top of the pages on this site); that was apparently a rarity that far north in the summer!

Most common were Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, such as this one:

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

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