Red-tailed Tropicbirds on Norfolk Island [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

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Subject: Red-tailed Tropicbirds on Norfolk Island [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Doolan, Craig" <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 22:56:22 +0000
It was a case of right place, right time for once with my camera last week when 
I caught up with plenty of Red-tailed Tropicbirds at Rocky Point, Norfolk 

Rocky Point is the roughly the south-western corner of Norfolk Island and it is 
accessed by a lovely walk through the 100 Acres reserve. The endangered endemic 
Tasman Parakeet hasn't found its way there yet (mostly in the national park) 
but the other two endemics (Norfolk Island Gerygone and Slender-billed 
White-eye) are there. During summer you walk right under the biggest Black 
Noddy and White Tern breeding colony on Norfolk. There are still a few 
straggler Noddies nesting, but the White Terns appear to be all done.

At the point I had about 40 minutes of 10 or so tropicbirds doing all sorts of 
aerial acrobatics right in front of me. Sometimes they came so close, I almost 
wondered if they might also have some chicks still around and I was disturbing 
them, but I'm almost certain they are all finished. A couple of months ago, 
there was an adult sitting under a bush about six inches from the edge of the 

I took plenty of pictures and put them on my Norfolk Island natural history 
blog if you're interested -
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