The sea was choppy all day, with easterly winds averaging 15-20 knots and gusting up to 25 knots in a 2.5-metre swell.
It was hard slogging through the big waves and after crossing the Barwon Bank, we were wondering how much further we would get when at 130 metres (26.38460S, 153.35451E), we found the bird of the day not far from an anchored fishing trawler, although it was not following the trawler.
We sent word out about the albtross record to friends and it was disappointing to see that Simon Mustoe published it (with his facts wrong) on Bird-O before we had even returned to shore. The birding and publishing ethics of some folk could do with a little tweaking.
After a couple of drenchings from waves crashing over the boat in relentlessly foul and worsening conditions, we were forced to call it quits early, heading back and returning to Mooloolaba about 2pm, the only other bird of interest being an unidentified Thalassarche albatross.
Species seen: (maximum number at one time) - total
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross (1) 1
Albatross Thalassarche spp. (1) 1
Providence Petrel (5) 20
Hutton's Shearwater (1) 2
Fluttering Shearwater (2) 4
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (1) 1
White-faced Storm-Petrel (1) 2
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (6) 40
Storm Petrel Fregatta spp. (1) 2
Australasian Gannet (2) 20
Lesser Frigatebird (1) 1
Crested Tern (6) 30