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Feb 5: All at sea

As foreshadowed yesterday I didn’t go birding today (although I at least managed a 5-min point count in the morning, and had some flyby Little Lorikeets in the evening).

The main event of the day was discovering that the Sunshine Coast pelagic trips run by Greg Roberts out of Mooloolaba are actually within the Brisbane LGA when they are at the continental shelf. I know, right? This extremely nerdy fact is monumental news for my year-listing effort as it means simply attending those pelagics will be a way to put in some substantial time at sea within the Brisbane area. Mat Gilfedder made a nice map, below, that shows the part of the shelf explored by the Mooloolaba pelagic being closer to the northern tip of Moreton Island than to the mainland Sunshine Coast further north.

I still want to do some pelagic birding on the shelf east of Moreton Island and will see if I can arrange one or two. If you know of a skipper who might be interested, please do let me know.

With no year ticks today, my year list at the end of the day remained on 222 species. I spent 5 minutes birding, walked 0 km and drove 0 km.

The white trace shows where the Sunshine Coast pelagic trips normally drift over the shelf, due east of Mooloolaba. Amazingly, this is within the Brisbane LGA, which flares northward because Moreton Island juts out so much.