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.