Dear banding and wader study birders,
During my visit to Lord Howe island 5-12 April, saw
a Ruddy Turnstone on the grass beside the Airport runway on the island
with an orange flag on its right tarsus, Thursday 8th April at about 11
At high tide quite a few Turnstones, Double-banded
and Golden Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwits, and Whimbrels fed on any largish patch
of mown grass. There were also some Wandering and Grey-tailed Tattlers, usually
on the rocks around the coast.
Super place for a restful holiday and wonderful to
see thousands, if not millions, of Providence Petrels wheeling and squealing
around Mounts Gower and Lidgbird. And the Kermadecs and White-bellied
Storm-petrels out near Ball's Pyramid - what a rock! And the White Terns
and Grey Ternlets in their hundreds, Red-tailed Tropicbirds and Masked Boobies,
Black and Common Boobies you could almost walk up to and trip over, and of
course the legendary Lord Howe Woodhen. Buff-banded Rails were everywhere, much
more common than the woodhen, and one had to adjust to the strange noises in the
woods - from the Lord Howe Currawong which would sometimes follow one through
the dark green shade of the palm and banyan fig woods.
Unusual visitors were a lone sub-adult Silver Gull
and a Swamp Harrier which was harassing the nesting Masked Boobies on Roach
Ian Hutton showed us Little Shearwater burrows one
evening, and pulled out both adults and a chick for inspection - a ball of
thick grey fluff with a bright black eye and very sharp black bill at one end.
He said breeding pairs are increasing in number.
Warm thanks to Phil Hansbro for getting a small
party motivated so that we could get out on strictly birding pelagic trips
instead of having to share a boat with fisherfolk. The captain did put out lines
and caught King Fish, 2 of which were given to Phil for BBQ and did some of us
for two evenings.
Finally the snorkling at Ned's Beach was