Heron Island

Subject: Heron Island
From: Robert Hamilton <>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:46:17 +1100
I had a recent family holiday on Heron Island and made the most of the birding 
and photographic opportunities. While the number of species was quite small, 
the large numbers of some of the species and their being used to human 
presence, gave some excellent photo opportunities. Living among the breeding 
Black Noddy colony was an amazing experience . A nesting Noddy 1 metre from 
your head as you walked along the paths within the resort became normal. 
Unfortunately we were too early for the Wedge-tailed Shearwater.

The most exciting and unexpected tick for me occurred while snorkelling in the 
wreck, which was taken to the island decades ago to act as a breakwater. I came 
up for a look, and 3 metres away were 2 Roseate Terns sitting among Crested 
Terns. The moment was shared by my wife and 3 children. 

I have uploaded my photos to a SmugMug gallery, with some underwater photos by 
my wife Vicki and some above water marine species by my son James, to show the 
complete Heron Island experience.


Rob Hamilton
Margate, Tasmania


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