RE: Red-billed Tropicbird on Lord Howe Island - an update

To: Mike Carter <>, BIRDING-AUS <>
Subject: RE: Red-billed Tropicbird on Lord Howe Island - an update
From: "Woodford, Russell" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 16:28:37 +1100
Thanks, Mike

I've added the images (scaled down a little) to the GALLERY page on


Russell Woodford
List Owner

From: Mike Carter 
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:06 PM
Cc: Woodford, Russell; ; Ian Hutton
Subject: Red-billed Tropicbird on Lord Howe Island - an update

Hank Bower, senior author of the submission to BARC, tells me that the bird
is still there and showing daily. I saw it on 19 November. A photo of mine
of the bird on the 'nest' is on Eremaea and hopefully on Birding-Aus
(Russell?). The 'nest' is atop a 180 m precipice and I
 accessed it with Ian Hutton carefully guiding my every step down a rather
precarious 20 m scramble, dislodging rocks enroute,
from a formed walking track above. For safety reasons this has now been
closed so observing the bird in its niche is not now allowed. But the bird
can still be seen from a viewing ledge above as it moves out from the
roosting/nesting cavity and then in flight soaring with Red-tailed
 over the cliffs below. That is unless the cloud level drops to envelop the
 mountains as it did the day I was there! For me, this had one advantage
 as the surrounding cloud dispelled the vertigo I experienced in
 clearer air with the potential fall visible as I climbed to the nest!
It usually starts to call, a loud repeated Kestrel like 'kek', gets restless
and eager to take a flight about midday but also does so later in the
As one might expect its plumage matches that of the subspecies mesonauta
that occurs in the eastern Pacific rather than the nominate race from the
tropical Atlantic or indicus from the far NW Indian Ocean.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

Message  protected by MailGuard: e-mail anti-virus, anti-spam and content 

Click here to report this message as spam:

To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
send the message:
(in the body of the message, with no Subject line)
<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU