Day 3

Thursday May 18, 2006

[From the trip Lord Howe Island]

That evening we cycled to Blinky beach and met Ian Hutton who was planning to go out and inspect little shearwater nests. On the way past the airfield a MASKED OWL flew over and accommodated us with distant perched views after I hurried back along the road to look for it. LITTLE SHEARWATERS were in abundance at the nesting sites that evening and on the way back to town we again stumbled across the masked owl. A naturalised population since the 1920s, I have every intention of 'ticking' this bird, although I am told after this week, a shooting program under the Woodhen management plan begins and this unfortunate and well-known individual will probably be amongst the first to go.



Seabirds 1 species
Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis) 15
Land Birds 1 species
Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) 1



Written by

Simon Mustoe