|White-headed Petrel, photo by David Mitford|
Most people had difficulty arriving at Eaglehawk Neck, because, without explanation or apology, Jetstar deferred or even cancelled just about every flight. I flew Qantas and arrived on time. David Mitford, who organized the trip, flew from Sydney. His flight was cancelled, so he flew to Launceston and another obliging birder drove up from Hobart to collect him. I flew home with Jetstar and arrived three hours late.
|Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, photo by David Mitford|
|Sooty Albatross, photo by David Mitford|
On Saturday, the albatrosses were nothing short of spectacular. The most numerous species was Shy, but there were plenty of Buller's too, and close sightings of both Black-browed and Campbell's. We saw several Wandering Albatrosses and more than one Southern Royal. Of course, the most exciting were the Sooty and the Light-mantled Sooty. Altogether, an exceptional array of albatrosses. Then, on Sunday, the icing on the cake, a Grey-headed Albatross appeared.
|Southern Royal Albatross, photo by Andrew Walker|
|Grey-headed Albatross, photo by David Mitford|
We saw both Fairy and Slender-billed Prions, as well as the Blue Petrel, both races of Cape Petrels, and both Great-winged and Grey-faced Petrels. Each day, just one Sooty Shearwater put in an appearance.
|Blue Petrel, photo by David Mitford|
On Saturday evening, after the pelagic, we all drove down to Port Arthur to see the Masked Owl. We arrived on dusk and waited just a few minutes before the owl appeared. It flew and was quickly relocated, allowing everyone to have magnificent views.
|Tasmanian Masked Owl, photo by David Mitford|
Thank you, David, for organizing the weekend and for providing the beautiful photos shown here. It really was a terrific weekend. Great birds, great company, what more could you want?