Bird Photography & Processing on Lord Howe Island
Seven glorious days on the most beautiful island in the world this year with Ian Hutton directing our cameras onto superb birds, Mount Gower and the lagoon. He is an absolute encyclopedia on everything Lord Howe and has not only published 7 guides to the island but a beautiful coffee-table book with all photography and processing produced by this master.
One of eleven World Heritage areas in Australia, often described as the most beautiful island on earth, its twin mountains tower over the opal lagoon, enclosed by a white, surf-fringed reef. Over 85 percent of the native forest remains, seabirds breed within the settlement and the marine environment is pristine.
Eighteen species of landbirds breed in the Island forests, including the rare Woodhen. Fourteen species of seabirds breed around the Island, in colonies of tens of thousands. These colonies are accessible and a highlight of the Birdweek is to visit these birds close up.
Lord Howe Island Woodhen
Lord Howe is now the only known breeding ground for Providence Petrel which should have arrived back to island and flying high above Mt Lidgbird. Fleshy-footed Shearwater breeds in substantial numbers on Lord Howe, with possibly half the world's population present. Other important species breeding within the preserve include Kermadec Petrel, Black-winged Petrel, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Little Shearwater, White-bellied Storm Petrel, Masked Booby, Red-tailed Tropic Bird in greater concentrations than probably anywhere else in the world.
Several migratory wader species are regular visitors to the island, principally are Double-banded Dotterel, Eastern Golden Plover, Turnstone, Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit.
Mt Gower rising from the Lagoon
Four endemic birds are present. Lord Howe Island Woodhen, reduced to some 26 individuals in 1975, has been successfully bred in captivity and now numbers around 220. The other endemic land birds are Silver-eye, Lord Howe Island Golden Whistler, both reasonably abundant. The Lord Howe Island Currawong is relatively common in the southern mountains, with lesser numbers found in the north.
The Island also has a fascinating blend of tropical and temperate marine life, including the most southerly coral reef in the world which is expanding thanks to climate change.
Ian Hutton has been photographing all flora and fauna for the past 25 years with a wide range of cameras and is set to help you understand your camera and most importantly the processing process.
Ian and his Way with Birds
Ian has been leading tours for groups such as The Australian Museum Society, Australian Academic Tours, Friends of Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, and Queensland Ornithological Society since 1986.
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Contact us for an itinerary.
$AU5147.00 per person twin share/double (excludes airfares)
$AU2270.00 single supplement
Please phone Follow That Bird to check if seats are available then fill in the booking form and mail with the deposit or full payment to Follow That Bird, 3/59 Central Road, Avalon, NSW 2107. Your place on the tour is not guaranteed until we receive the payment.
Follow That Bird aims to provide a high standard of interpretive guiding on each trip to make your birdwatching holiday a special one. With small groups, attention to personal service and lots of good fun, we're sure you will enjoy your time with us.
If you have any unanswered questions, please phone Follow That Bird on 02 9973 1865