Lord Howe Island

February 12, 2012 — February 17, 2012

A family holiday to Lord Howe provided the perfect opportunity to see what the island has to offer.  We weren't disappointed, with snorkelling, hiking and cycling, and pelagic boat trips all providing glimpses into the unique fauna that is found on the southernmost barrier coral reef island in the world.

 Lord Howe Island

The main highlights of the trip were the pelagic boat trips.  We saw so many White-bellied Storm-petrels I lost count.  We had light and dark Kermadec Petrels, Grey Ternlets, basically everything you could hope for at this time of year.  And to top it off, we had a Tahiti Petrel, which we believe was only the third record for the island!

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 Lord Howe Island Snorkeling

As Australia's southernmost tropical reef, Lord Howe Island has a fascinating mix of tropical and temperate marine creatures.  There are a dazzling array of fish, as well as a large number of other interesting creatures inhabiting the reefs.  Ned's Beach is probably the best snorkeling from the beach, however heading out with one of the tour operators will get you by boat to some of the farther reefs and holes that will have different things to see.

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 Pelagic Birding at Lord Howe Island

Going out with Jack Schick and Ian Hutton on a pelagic birding trip during your visit is a must!  Not only is it the only way to get a good look at the White-bellied Storm-petrels, but there are a host of other great species that are worth seeing, and the photography opportunities are outstanding!

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Wildlife

Mammals 1 species
Black Rat (Rattus rattus) 1 Superabundant
Land Birds 22 species
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) 1
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 1
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) 1
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) 1
Lord Howe Woodhen (Gallirallus sylvestris) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 1
Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) 1
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 1
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 1
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) 1
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 1
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 1
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) 1
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 1
Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) 1
Seabirds 16 species
Black Noddy (Anous minutus) 2
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) 2
Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) 2
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) 2
Black-winged Petrel (Pterodroma nigripennis) 2
White Tern (Gygis alba) 2
Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) 2
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) 2
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) 2
Blue Noddy (Procelsterna cerulea) 1
Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta) 1
White-bellied Storm Petrel (Fregetta grallaria) 1
Tahiti Petrel (Pseudobulweria rostrata) 1
White-necked Petrel (Pterodroma cervicalis) 1
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1
Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) 1
Terrestrial Reptiles 2 species
Lord Howe Island Gecko (Christinus guentheri) 1
Lord Howe Island Skink (Oligosoma lichenigera) 1

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