Lord Howe Island

Getting There

GPS Coordinates 31°32.622′S, 159°4.776′E


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Mammals 1 species
Black Rat (Rattus rattus) 1 Superabundant
Seabirds 21 species
Providence Petrel (Pterodroma solandri) 1001 so many flying in around the mountains late in the day; Big numbers now returning
Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) 941 Most still on eggs - but a few hatching; with eggs and chicks; chicks running everywhere now
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) 471 we watched hundreds fly in at dusk; very hungry birds always come in first
Black Noddy (Anous minutus) 402 on eggs and making nests; first chicks hatching
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) 294 flying over Mount Eliza; courtship flights off cliffs
Blue Noddy (Procelsterna cerulea) 205 flying around close then sitting on cliff 2m away; feeding off Ball's Pyramd
Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) 61 on nests in Old gulch cliffs; feeding around Grey ternlets
White Tern (Gygis alba) 55 courting or on eggs; nesting along behind the Lagoon beach in high trees; on eggs at North Bay
Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) 28 flying over Malabar cliffs; mostly juvenile birds
Black-winged Petrel (Pterodroma nigripennis) 24 first ones back for summer breeding; even landing on the berley; performing fast courtship flights over us
White-bellied Storm Petrel (Fregetta grallaria) 20 had 10 or 20 around the boat for 20 minutes on berley
Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis) 19 a secretive bird, takes a little searching at night
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 9 in swamp Mosely Park; Also sunning on the rocky reef at North Bay
Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta) 9 a bit shy coming in close
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) 4 adult bird; circling for half an hour; landed right next to our boat for 15 minutes
White-necked Petrel (Pterodroma cervicalis) 2 circled boat 10 minutes
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 2 been here 3 weeks now
Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) 2
White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) 1
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) 1
Australian Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) 1 On the rocks sunning at North Bay.
Land Birds 30 species
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) 23 just returned from northern hemisphere breeding; One of our more noticeable waders to visit over summer.; beautiful as they change into breeding plumage
Lord Howe Woodhen (Gallirallus sylvestris) 22 1 adult feeding 2 chicks 4 weeks old; breeding season - lots of chicks; Adult and juvenile foraging around our feet
Rock Dove (Columba livia) 21 Flying around the base of the cliffs, Yuck!
Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) 13 came in to check us out on Transit Hill
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 9
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) 7 One of the most numerous of our waders at Lord Howe Island.
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 6 Commonly seen on sandy flats at low tide.
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) 4 foraging on reef flats
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) 4 foraging on reef at low tide
Australian Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis) 4 one very close
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 3 in pasture near Mosely Park swamp
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) 3 foraging in the muddy edge at Mosely Park swamp
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 3 a rare vagrant to Lord Howe Island; vagrant still here; swimming on the water at Mosely Park swamp
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 3
Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus) 2 Two immatures that have stayed after the breeding adults headed off in August... Seen at Mosely Park swamp
Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) 2
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 2 enjoying the warmth on the boulder beach
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus) 1 Quietly but hurriedly froraging around the waters edge at Mosely Park swamp
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Common Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) 1
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) 1 On the grassy area adjacent to Mosely Park swamp
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) 1
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) 1
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) 1 a rare sighting at Lord Howe Island.
Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) 1 at Moseley Park swamp
Little Curlew (Numenius minutus) 1 vagrant
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) 1 at Mosely Parks swamp quite close looks at these over a week.
Terrestrial Reptiles 2 species
Lord Howe Island Gecko (Christinus guentheri) 1
Lord Howe Island Skink (Oligosoma lichenigera) 1