Emperor Bird-of-Paradise - Huon Peninsular, Papua New Guinea (July 2019)

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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Splash Point 4/4/19

At long last some favourable winds, and although not a major passage it was good to kick off April with a nice range of species. The first few hours were very poor, but once the rain squalls had passed, passage picked up a lot with the highlights being some superb summer plumaged Black-throated Divers quite close inshore, and a lovely pair of Velvet Scoters. Sadly my scope is in very poor condition and so no doubt I missed a few things, one such including a flock of 8 Manx Shearwaters and a few Little Gulls, hoping that this isn't the theme of the spring.

The Pied Crow was also still present and showing very well.

Totals between 06.00-10.00 SSW 4:

Common Scoter - 77
Brent Geese - 322
Sandwich Tern - 116
Velvet Scoter - 2
Shelduck - 2
Red-throated Diver - 9
Red-breasted Merganser - 6
Gadwall - 1
Common Tern - 11
Gannet - 173
Arctic Skua - 4
Great Skua - 1
Little Gull - 1
Mediterranean Gull - 34
Teal - 4
Black-throated Diver - 6 (all in summer plumage)
Whimbrel - 2

Pied Crow
Mediterranean Gulls
Black-throated Divers
Brent Geese