A birdwatchers' paradise, Lord Howe Island is an ornithologist's dream come true.
Fourteen seabird species breed on the Lord Howe group of islands, numbering several hundred thousand birds each year. The Island also boasts more than 130 permanent and migratory bird species, including the White Tern, Sooty Terns, Black Noddys and Brown Noddys, Masked Boobies, Petrels, Shearwaters, and the Woodhen, a flightless species which is unique to Lord Howe.
Some of these seabirds have been breeding on the island for thousands of years with no predators, and therefore, don't see humans as a threat. Thus, it is possible to very closely approach the seabirds and enjoy the experience of observing them courting, then incubating the eggs and feeding chicks.
Close by Arajilla, a small colony of Flesh-footed shearwaters breed each year and you can watch them return at sunset each night from September to March. A short stroll along the nearby Old Settlement Beach at low tide is an excellent location for the waders such as Ruddy turnstones, Pacific Golden plovers and Bar-tailed godwits.
While staying at Arajilla we can organise a special seabird cruise to Ball's Pyramid with the Island Naturalist Ian Hutton and Jack Shick on board the fast boat MV Noctiluca. This trip enables you to see close up many of the seabirds, including the Kermadec petrel and White bellied storm petrel, and in autumn and winter several albatross species. Walks through the forest around Arajilla allow good observations of the Lord Howe Woodhen, the Lord Howe Currawong and Lord Howe Golden Whistler. You can stay at Arajilla and take part in a special Birdweek, run each March and October by Ian Hutton.
Speak to one of the friendly staff at Arajilla for more details.