|Flesh-footed Shearwater at Bremer Bay (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
Conditions: It was a very mild day with a forecast maximum of 21 C and light winds. Sea and swell data is not available at Bremer Bay but the observer estimates swell of less than 2m for the majority of the trip with a uncommon maximum of approximately 4m sea + swell.
|The Bremer Canyon (courtesy Google Maps)|
Report: We boarded at 8am at the Bremer Bay Fishing Jetty and after a briefing from the skipper, marine biologist and photographer we left at about 8.30 am and headed to the Bremer Canyon. We started off seeing Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Australasian Gannet, Flesh-footed Shearwater and Little Shearwater on the way out. We continued on to the Bremer Canyon where we immediately saw a Great-winged Petrel and Wilson’s Storm-Petrel along with more Flesh-footed Shearwater.
|Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, immature (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
|Great-winged Petrel (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
Then came many more Wilson’s Storm-Petrels. The skipper headed towards where some Flesh-footed Shearwaters were sitting and feeding on the water. It was hoped that they were feeding on scraps from Killer Whales but on closer inspection they must have been feeding on live prey close to the surface of the water.
We headed west and a Sperm Whale spout was seen in the distance and the skipper headed in that direction. Close by we found the first of the White-faced Storm-petrels dancing across the water near to the boat, along with Shy Albatross and a Soft-plumaged Petrel. We then had fabulous views of the Sperm Whale just before it turned down to the bottom of the Canyon to feed.
|Sperm Whale was a mammal highlight at Bremer Canyon (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
|Sperm Whale diving at Bremer Canyon (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
Several single Black-bellied Storm-Petrels along with more Soft-plumaged Petrel were seen. Then a very young Black-browed Albatross followed by more, older Black-browed Albatross. At about the same time we saw a distant Wandering Albatross and another Great-winged Petrel flew past.
|Immature Black-browed Albatross (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
|Immature Browed-Albatross, Bremer Canyon (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
|Shy Albatross, Bremer Canyon (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
|Shy Albatross, underwing (Photo: Robyn Pickering)|
Bremer Canyon, Western Australia, 9 April 2017
Species list [Total seen (max seen at one time)]:
Wandering Albatross 2 (1)
Black-browed Albatross 14 (2)
Shy Albatross 25 (4)
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross 10 (1)
Great-winged Petrel 5 (1)
Soft-plumaged Petrel 10 (1)
Flesh-footed Shearwater 500 (55)
Little Shearwater 15 (2)
Wilson’s Storm-petrel 50 (15)
White-faced Storm-petrel 20 (3)
Black-bellied Storm-petrel 5 (1)
Australasian Gannet 10 (1)
Black-faced Cormorant 1 (1)
Mammals: Sperm Whale 5+