KZN Pelagic 4th June 2011


A pelagic trip out of Durban Harbour left the port at around 6 AM. The prime target was to be Flesh-footed Shearwater. Fortunately we were successful in our hunt for these birds as well as some of the more common birds off the Natal coast. Fortune was with us as we located a trawler not too far off the coast, busy working the waters. Communication with the skipper of the trawler confirmed that they would be hauling in their nets in a little over an hour. The birds knew this, and hung around awaiting a tasty snack or two.


Our target bird presented itself around 07h30

Flesh-footed Shearwater

Puffinus carneipes



The most abundant bird around the Trawler were

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatrosses

Thalassarche carteri




Closely followed by White Chinned Petrels

Procellaria aequinoctialis



A single Black-browed Albatross harassed the Indians

Thalassarche melanophrys



Sooty Shearwaters were around in decent numbers

Puffinus griseus



Subantarctic Skuas patrolled looking for an easy meal

Catharacta Antarctica



A single Wilson’s Storm-Petrel zipped past

Oceanites oceanicus



The peaceful cruise back to shore. A milestone reached, Kerry’s #800 was the

Flesh-footed Shearwater