australasian gannet

Australasian Gannet

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Australasian Gannet (morus serrator) Wingspan 1700mm-1900mm body weight of 2kg. I only have the one shot of this guy. We do see them around over summer but not in large numbers. Breeds in NZ and…
black browed albatross

Black Browed Albatross

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The Black Browed Albatross Wingspan 200–240 cm Average weight of 2.9–4.7 kg Natural Lifespan of over 70 years Breads on 12 Islands throughout the southern oceans. Lord Howe Island is frequented by…
black noddy

Black Noddy

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Black Noddy (Anous minutes) Wingspan 700mm body weight of 100g Black Noddy's are here over the summer months you can find them breeding in the pinetrees at the north end of North bay. By November…
Black winged Petrel

Black-winged Petrel

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Black-winged Petrel (Peterodroma nigripennis) Wing span 670mm. Black- winged Petrels breed on Lord Howe and the outer islands. Can be seen here at sea and down at Neds beach
brown booby

Brown Booby

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Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) Wingspan 1700mm-1900mm body weight of 2kg. I only have the one shot of this guy. We do see them only every now and again. More common from Queensland north.
brown noddy

Brown Noddy

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Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) Wingspan 820mm, body weight of 200g Breeds on Lord Howe on small bushes around the cliffy slopes Spring -Summer. You can see them at Old Gulch, south end of Blinkie beach…
Bullers Albatross

Buller's Albatross

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Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) Wingspan 2.1m Breads on New Zealand Islands endemic.
campbell albatross

Campbell Albatross

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Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida) Wingspan 2200mm body weight of 2.2-3.8kg We see this beautiful bird over the winter months here. Breeds on Campbell Island off NZ. Common in NZ waters,…
cape petrel

Cape Petrel

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Cape Petrel (Daption capense) Wingspan 850mm. Only see a few of these over the winter months at Lord Howe. Breeds on ice free coast of Antarctica, South Georgia and southern ocean islands.
caspian tern

Caspian Tern

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Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) Wingspan 1300mm body weight of 574-782g Only a blow in to Lord Howe. We may see one or two here per year, great looking bird.
cooks petrel

Cook's Petrel

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Cook's Petrel (Pterodroma cookii) Wingspan 660mm A rare sighting for Lord Howe, I shot this one October 2010 the only sighting of this bird for our waters. Breeds on southern NZ islands endemic.
fairy prion

Fairy Prion

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Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur) Wingspan 560mm body weight of 90g We see this bird here most winters but this year was the only time I have managed to get a picture of one. Breeds on islands off…
flesh footed shearwater

Flesh-footed Shearwater

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Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) Wingspan 1150mm body weight of 533-800g Breed on Lord Howe, bird get back here in mid to late August after being on the wing as far north as the coast of…
goulds petrel

Gould's Petrel

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Gould's Petrel (Pterodroma leucoptera) Wingspan 600mm Another fairly rare visitor to Lord Howe. Breeds on CabbageTree island off the south-east coast of Australia.
great cormorant

Great Cormorant

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Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) These guys drop in every year and stay for a while, large all black with a yellow face. I found this one down at Balls Pyramid a year ago. Breeds on the Atlantic…
Great Winged Petrel

Great-winged Petrel

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Great-Winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) Wingspan 970mm, weight 440-680g. Not a common visitor to Lord Howe. Breeds Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic islands.
grey turnlet

Grey Ternlet

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Grey Ternlet (Procelsterna cerulea) Wingspan 520mm body weight of 70g. Present here all year round, Lord Howe is the only breeding ground in Australia. Local fisherman use this bird to locate fish,…
Grey Faced Petrel

Grey-faced Petrel

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Grey-faced Pertel (Pterodroma gouldi) Wingspan 1000mm, body weight 595-740g New Zealand endemic, Breeds on islands of the north east coast of NZ north island. Can see at Lord Howe over spring and…
Gull billed tern

Gull-billed Tern

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Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica) Wingspan 800mm body weight of 250g This bird was blown over here during winter this year (2011) when we had some very strong West winds. First time I have seen one.…
huttons shearwater

Hutton's Shearwater

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Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) Wingspan 750mm body weight of 242-378g Breeds in NZ endemic. We only see the odd one or two here, just moving through. Very fast on the wing so hard to…
Indian Yellow nosed Albatross

Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross

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Indian Yellow-Nosed Albatross (Thalassarche cateri) Wingspan 2m Breeds in the Southeast Indian Ocean Islands first record for Lord Howe Island. Only has the yellow on the upper bill.
Kelp Gull

Kelp Gull

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Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) Wingspan 1350mm body weight of around 2kg. We saw this one sitting on Balls Pyramid last Sunday 4/12/11 not a good picture as I couldn't get the boat close enough in the…
kermadec petrel

Kermadec Petrel

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Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta) Wingspan 1000m, body weight 370-590g You can find this bird here all year around, only at sea. The only place in Australia it breeds is Balls Pyramid, 23km south…
little black cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

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Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) These guys drop in every year and stay for a while. There are here now (15/12/11) sitting down at the park every day after they feed.
little pied cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

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Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos) This bird drops in every now and again; I only have one picture I couldn't get close enough. They range all around the coast of Australia and NZ.…
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Little Shearwater

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Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis) Wingspan 630mm body weight of 220-260g A very hard bird to photograph as he doesn't come close to boats often, so my shot of this guy aren't great. A small fast…
masked booby

Masked Booby

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Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra fullageri) Wingspan 1800mm body weight of 2.2kg. This great bird is here all the time, breeds on the outer islands and two places on the main island, has a chick by…
northern giant petrel

Northern Giant Petrel

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Northern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli) Wingspan 1900mm body weight of 3.8-5kg. We see the odd one here over the winter months, breeds southern ocean islands eg Macquarie Is, has a pinkish tip to…
Pomarine jaeger

Pomarine Jaeger

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Pomarine Jaeger ( Stercorarius pomarinus) Wingspan 1100mm body weight of 500g When these have flashed through I have only managed to get one good picture. We don't see many here.
Providence Petrel

Providence Petrel

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Providence Pertel (Pterodroma solandri) Wingspan 1000mm, body weight 500g Tasman Sea endemic, Breeds on Lord Howe Island from March to November. The best time to see them here is April. Large numbers…
red billed tropic bird

Red-billed Tropic Bird

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Red-Billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) Wingspan 1100mm body weight of 420g This guy must have got lost!! The first record for this bird in Australia was on Lord Howe last November 2010. Great…
red tailed tropic bird

Red-tailed Tropic Bird

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Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricaudra) Wingspan 1050mm Body weight of 700g Can be seen here most of the year best over the summer months. Breeds here in the rocky cliffs around the Island. Easy…
short tailed shearwater

Short Tailed Shearwater

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Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) Wingspan 970mm body weight of 480-800g Short-tailed Shearwaters don't breed here they just come zooming through in their thousands. We see them passing…
shy albatross

Shy Albatross

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Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) Wingspan 2.5m Breads on Albatross, Mewstone and Pedra Blanca Islands.
sooty tern

Sooty Tern

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Sooty tern (Sterna fuscata) Wingspan 900mm body weight of 180g Sooty terns or Wide-a-wake as locals call them are the most abundant sea bird here over summer around 100,000 of them. They are here…
south polar skua

South Polar Skua

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South Polar Skua (Catharacta maccormicki) Wingspan 1600mm body weight of 2kg We see these guys over winter, when you first spot them you think you have spotted an eagle. Breeds on southern ocean…
southern giant petrel

Southern Giant Petrel

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Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) Wingspan 1950mm body weight 3.8-5kg Bill has greenish tip. We see this great bird here over the winter months, not common.
southern skua

Southern Skua

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Southern Skua (Stercorarius antarctics) Wingspan 1500mm body weight of 2kg. This bird is the largest of the Skua's, breeds in the southern ocean islands feeds on almost anything it can scrounge.…
tahiti petrel

Tahiti Petrel

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Tahiti Petrel (Pseudobulweria rostrate) Wingspan 840mm, body weight 300g Petrel of the tropical Pacific, First record for Lord Howe, very rare around here. My only sighting of this bird.
wandering albatross

Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) Albatross are only visitors to the island, so you are lucky to see one. Over winter, autumn and spring is the best time of year to find Albatross around Lord…
wedge tailed shearwater

Wedge Tailed Shearwater

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Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) Wingspan 980mm body weight of 320-510g A widespread seabird that nests throughout tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans. Breeds August to May in short…
white tern

White Tern

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White tern (Gygis alba) Wingspan 750mm body weight of 110g. Breeds on lord Howe from September to May. They don't make any nest at all just lay on the branch of a tree. Arrived on the island in the…
White bellied storm petrel

White-bellied Storm Petrel

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White-bellied Storm petrel (Fregetta grallaria) Wingspan of 460mm body weight 46-74g. This a very hard bird to photograph as he is so fast and so small, the smallest sea bird on the ocean. Breeds on…
white chinned petrel

White-chinned Petrel

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White-chinned Petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis) Wingspan 1400mm, body weight 1.3-1.39kg A southern ocean bird, breeds southern ocean islands and some NZ islands. First record for Lord Howe, very…
white headed petrel

White-headed Petrel

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White-headed Petrel (Pterodroma lessonii) Wingspan 1009mm, body weight 580-800g A southern ocean bird, breeds southern ocean islands and some NZ islands. I have seen this bird twice at Lord Howe in…
white necked petrel

White-necked Petrel

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White-necked Petrel (Ptreodroma cervicalis) Wingspan 970mm body weight 380-545g We see this Southwest Pacific bird here over the summer months, not in big numbers only ones and twos. Looks like a…