Day 1 Birdweek Lord Howe Island March 2013

March 18, 2013

Birdweek is a week held each March and November to explore Australia's best seabird island with the Island's Naturalist Ian Hutton. Along the walks each day we also see and learn about the island's plants, geology and marine life. Birdweek Lord Howe Island for November 2013 got off to a late start, as cyclone Sandra moved down past the Island the week before, and had delayed air flights into the Island a few days. However the weather settled and for the week was perfect, allowing us to complete our itinerary and see all of our birds. Also tour members enjoyed observing and learning about the island’s geology, plants and history each day. Audiovisual lectures at the museum complemented the walking itinerary.

Most tour members arrived on Monday morning, and we got straight into enjoying the birds – on the bus trip to our accommodation wew saw nice waders changing into breeding plumage prior to migratiung north, particularly Bar-tailed godwits and Pacific Golden plovers.. The first afternoon we walkd up to Clear Place – only a short walk but a very scenic lookout over the ocean, perfect to view a range of seabirds flying by. We saw Red-tailed tropicbirds, Masked boobies, Brown noddies, Sooty terns, but the highlight was the stunning aerial courtship displays by pairs of Black-winged petrels. While we enjoyed these birds, a juvenile Woodhen fossicked on the grass around our feet.

Locations visited

Lord Howe Island

Wildlife

Land Birds 2 species
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 1 beautiful as they change into breeding plumage
Lord Howe Woodhen (Gallirallus sylvestris) 1 Adult and juvenile foraging around our feet
Seabirds 1 species
Black-winged Petrel (Pterodroma nigripennis) 1 performing fast courtship flights over us

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