Good week's birding on Lord Howe Island

Subject: Good week's birding on Lord Howe Island
From: Deb Colbourne <>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 20:43:23 -0800 (PST)
Just back from a week on Lord Howe, bit of birding,
walking, flora i.d. etc.

Highlights were Grey Ternlets, good views from Mt
Eliza, best and closest views of Tropicbirds from
here. Good Masked Booby views on Muttonbird Island,
plenty of Black-winged Petrels courting at Ned's Beach
and Woodhens easy to spot around the place. The White
Terns were a delight in the Norfolk Pines.
As well as 5 new birds for us, we also saw
Double-banded Plover and a Hardhead. On the Hardhead,
we couldn't find any other records, so if anyone knows
how often they've been seen, we'd be interested to
The lowlight was not being able to get out on a boat
as we had a low pressure system stuck over us the
whole week so no boats went out at all, not even to go
around the island. Just means we'll have to go back.

If anyone would like any information, we'll be happy
to oblige, 

Back at home, our Australian Grebes are busy rearing
four young on our uninspiring farm dam, perhaps they
know we've just taken out conservation covenant
through Trust for Nature!

Debbie and Julian

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