Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 339 - Wood Hen

Last week I was lucky enough to be back on Lord Howe Island.  LHI is about 800 km north-east of Sydney, and (in my opinion) is one of the most remarkable places I have ever seen.  Tiny, isolated, rich with wildlife and just flat out special.

If you even get a hint of a chance to visit, take it.

One of the special species on the island is the Wood Hen (Gallirallus sylvestris).  This species is endemic to LHI and was almost lost not that long ago when its population fell to very low levels, mostly due to being eaten - at first by settlers and then by the animals they brought with them.  Thankfully, the population has recovered somewhat thanks to a range of conservation efforts.

These pictures were taken as I was walking (very slowly) up Mt. Gower, the highest point on the island.  These birds were almost as interested in me as I was in them - which was a good job as I only had a 35mm lens!










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18 comments:

Phil Slade said...

That'a good one Stewart. Another one I've not heard of.

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! Stewart. What a find and great shots. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely week ahead.

Marie Smith said...

Great photos! How fortunate you were to see them. They have a primitive look!

David Gascoigne said...

The kind of images to make us all green with envy, of course. Thank goodness it has recovered. Now if we could just do something about the plastic so deleteriously affecting the shearwaters breeding on Lord Howe Island.

Екатерина Балагурова said...

Graceful birds! Great photos!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
A place very dear to my own heart, Stewart. I have many fond memories of LHI... and the woodhens! YAM xx

photodoug said...

Stewart, fantastic find. Thanks for sharing.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very nice views of these interesting birds. Good to hear that conservation efforts were successful. They seem to be a cross between chickens and rails! Need to look them up.

Brian King said...

What an unusual looking bird! Beautiful photos!

Ranten said...

Very interesting!

italiafinlandia said...

Another bird which is new to me.
Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...


A different shade of mud hen :)

Missy George said...

It's nice they are coming back. I would think they would be safe with their coloring. Interesting. I hope you're having a good week.

Rhodesia said...

A bird that is new to me thanks for sharing. Hope all is well Diane

Linda said...

Nice pictures of the wood hen. Reminds me of a snipe. Thanks for hosting.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Beautiful photos of very pretty hens! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Lady Fi said...

Such a pretty bird.

betty-NZ said...

What interesting looking creatures.