Brief trip report for Lord Howe Island.

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Subject: Brief trip report for Lord Howe Island.
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 13:28:18 +0930
Visited LHI over Easter with the following sightings. This may double up on reports by others who got back before me but whose messages I've missed by being unsubscribed from b-a.
8/4 At airport from the bus - Ruddy Turnstone, Magpie Lark, Whimbrel, Buff-banded Rail,             Welcome Swallow, Sacred Kingfisher, White Tern, Pacific Golden Plover, Masked Lapwing.
    At Ned's Beach - Black-winged Petrel around cliffs at far end of beach.
9/4 In grounds of Somerset early morning - pair of L.H.Woodhen ( one with white patches                 behind both ears), pair of Golden Whistlers, Emerald dove, Song Thrush.
       At Ned's Beach - Blackbirds, Kestrel, Black Duck (or nearly), Masked Booby, L.H.                     Currawong.
        Near Jetty - 18 Ruddy Turnstone.
        Near aircraft wreck propeller - 4 L.H. Woodhen ( 2 A 2 J), 3 Buff-banded Rail, Blackbird         with white patches at the rear of the eyes., Golden Whistler ( F ).
        Paddock at rear of Old Settlement Beach - 5 Whimbrel, Cattle Egret, Welcome Swallows,         Mag Larks, 4 Pacific Golden Plovers, 2 Purple Swamphen, Currawong.
        Footpath up hill behind previous paddock - Flock of Silvereyes, Golden Whistler ( M), pair         of Currawong,
        Blinky Beach - Whimbrel, Mag Larks, Black-winged Petrel, Kermadec Petrel, Providence             Petrel, Ruddy Turnstone, Currawong, White Terns, R.T Tropicbird, Golden Whistler,                 Black Noddy, Brown Noddy, Masked Lapwing.
        Muddy patch opposite airport buildings - 2 Double-banded Plovers, Turnstones.
        10/4 Boat trip to Balls Pyramid ( boat named Kermadec) - Black Noddies, Masked Booby,         Kermadec Petrels ( light and dark morphs), Providence Petrels, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters,         Brown Noddies, ca 12 White-bellied Storm Petrels, Little Black Cormorant, Grey Ternlets,         White Terns, Little Shearwater (1),  Swamp Harrier over the Admiralties, Black-winged             Petrels, Wandering Tattlers, Sooty Tern.
        11/4 A group went on a pelagic ( which I declined) and saw a White-necked Petrel.
                In the evening a group went to Blinky Beach with Ian Hutton where he showed them                     Little Shearwaters and Wedgies in burrows.
        12/4 Did a glass bottomed boat trip with Dean Hislop ( the Phasmid man) who in the                 evening took us to the fenceline behind the aircraft wreck and called in a Masked                         Owl (castanops) which we spotlighted.
When booking accommodation it pays to recognise that there is little transport on the island. Bikes are readily available for daily hire but if you can't ride a bike then walking is the other option. It is some 4kms from the main shopping area to say Blinky Beach so this may be beyond some people's abilities. Also try to get accommodation on the flatter areas - there is some accommodation up higher which sounds nice but the hill to get up there, either by bike or walking, is a real test and may again be beyond some people's abilities or desire, so check carefully with your agent before booking. Food around the island is good but pricey and Somerset for one didn't have full kitchen facilities in the unit we had ( just a fridge and microwave). So if you hope to do your own cooking, check this also before booking.
Hope this helps any intending visitors, but do watch out for those horrid spiders.
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