Day 3 Birdweek Lord Howe Island March 2015

March 17, 2015

This morning the group took a break from birds, and enjoyed a three spot snorkel tour of the Lagoon with Peter Busteed of Islander Cruises. Everyone was amazed at the colourful corals and fish life to be seen.

The afternoon was one of many highlights on the trip – the walk to the base of the mountains to witness the Providence petrels returning late in the day. A nice gentle 1km walk, through patches of rainforest and towering banyan trees.

Then the track breaks out into the open at Little Island, and already by 3 pm hundreds of Providence petrels swirling around above the forest with their courtship flights. Out to sea thousands can be seen through binoculars, flying slowly around approaching the island. Towards 4.30pm we were able to call some down- quite thrilling.

The evening meal was a gourmet bbq on Ned’s Beach; with Black-winged petrels cruising over our heads and Ruddy turnstomnes on the beach.

Locations visited

Lord Howe Island

Wildlife

Land Birds 1 species
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1 enjoying the warmth on the boulder beach
Seabirds 1 species
Providence Petrel (Pterodroma solandri) 1 Big numbers now returning

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