Ball's Pyramid pelagic

April 16, 2013

The weather was perfect for a boat trip to the spectacular Ball's Pyramd- a 551 metre high sea stack 23 kilometres SE of Lord Howe Island. - blue sky, calm seas with a rolling swell - and plenty of birds. We had 8 passengers enjoyed this perfect adventure to see some of Lord Howe Island special sebirds and they werent disappointed. We saw the usulal seabirds of Lord Howe Island- plus the Kermadec petrle and White bellied storm petrels that you only see offshore- and a surprise visit by a Wandering albatross who came in after 15 minute berlying - landed next to the boat for 15 minutes of viewing.

Locations visited

Lord Howe Island

Wildlife

Seabirds 7 species
Providence Petrel (Pterodroma solandri) 1000 so many flying in around the mountains late in the day
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) 30 very hungry birds always come in first
Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) 20 mostly juvenile birds
White-bellied Storm Petrel (Fregetta grallaria) 12 had 10 or 20 around the boat for 20 minutes on berley
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) 10 feeding around Grey ternlets
Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta) 3 a bit shy coming in close
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) 1 landed right next to our boat for 15 minutes

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