Lord Howe Island - mostly seabirds

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Subject: Lord Howe Island - mostly seabirds
From: Daniel Mantle <>
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 02:08:17 +0100
Hi all, Had a great holiday with the folks and Carl Billingham on Lord Howe 
Island last week. Just thought I would quickly post some of the seabird 
sightings. The weather was fantastic all week and we managed to get out to sea 
four times (3 times to Ball’s Pyramid and once 10km NW of the island). We went 
out three times with Jack Shick and Ian Hutton and once with Greenback 
charters. It was great being out seabirding with such enthusiastic, 
knowledgeable and friendly guys. Very welcoming, as was everyone on the island. 
 I was particularly keen to see the dark and intermediate morph White-bellied 
Storm-Petrels but whilst we saw hundreds of White-bellied Stormies during the 
week we only had two brief views of fully dark morph birds and several mostly 
dark morph birds with paler bellies. There were quite a few intermediate birds 
but mostly to the lighter end of the spectrum.  

The other seabird highlights were two White-necked Petrel (apparently quite a 
regular visitor), a single Gould’s Petrel (relatively few records, maybe 5 or 
6, but almost certainly a more regular and overlooked bird), Tahiti Petrel 
(again only the 6th or so record, following a sighting the previous week, but 
Ian Hutton suggested they are probably common in deeper water a bit further 
from the island - he has seen reasonable numbers not far from LHI when 
transferring to the island by sea), and a single Long-tailed Jaeger (           

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