LHI Red billed Tropicbird

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Subject: LHI Red billed Tropicbird
From: "Hank Bower" <>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2010 11:47:22 +1000
The Red billed Tropicbird was first observed at Lord Howe Island on
6/10/10 by the Lord Howe Island Board bush regeneration team, whilst
sweeping seacliffs for bitou bush, bridal creeper and ground asparagus.
The team work amongst seabirds daily so know when they see or hear
something different. This bird was originally thought to be a White
tailed Tropicbird.

The bird was found sitting tight under a LHI teatree on the 29/10/10 and
would periodically fly out amongst the Red tailed Tropicbirds giving a
shrill chattering call (quite different to the Red tailed Tropics).  The
team took photos which I was shown at the end of the day. After
consulting HANZAB it was apparent there is a third tropicbird species
and a quick google matched the teams photos of Red billed Tropicbird to
those posted on the net. I inspected the site on 31/10/10 and the bird
was again regularly seen throughout yesterday as the bush regeneration
team continued their sweep of the seacliffs for weeds.

The location where the bird is sitting is off the track and access is
not open to the public without a guide as it is prone to
erosion/degradation and supports nesting seabirds. However the bird can
be viewed from the main track across the northern hills when it is in

Other interesting records for the island in the past few weeks include
Dollarbird, Channel billed Cuckoo, Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Pectoral
Sandpiper, Cooks/Pycrofts?? Petrel and Lesser Sand Plover.

The Lord Howe Island Board maintain a database of rare/vagrant and
threatened species and welcome any reputable records, which should
include date, name of recorder, MGA coordinates or detailed location

For more information you can contact me during business hours at contact
details below.

Hank Bower

Manager Environment/World Heritage

Lord Howe Island Board

PO Box 5 Lord Howe Island

NSW 2898

ph: 02 6563 2066

fax: 02 6563 2127


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