Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 343 - Black-winged Petrel

This week I bring you.......more pictures of birds on the wing from Lord Howe Island!  In fact they were taken the same evening as the birds from last week.

These birds are Black-winged Petrels (Pterodroma nigripennis).  They come to islands like Lord Howe to breed but spend the rest of the year at sea.  Now, I am no expert, but these birds seemed a little easier to see (but no easier to photograph) on this trip to LHI and some other people on the island agreed.  Nice to see a bird increasing in numbers for a change.

Apart from a brief glimpse of one of these birds on a sea cliff, I have only ever seen these birds in flight.  So I had this in mind when I made (and processed) these shots.  I cant imagine seeing them not surrounded by sky.






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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 342 - Emerald Ground Dove.

The Emerald Ground Dove or just Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica) is common on Lord Howe Island.  It lives up to it's longer common name as far as I am concerned, as I dont think I ever saw it more than a few feet above the ground.

These birds were busy in the bushes and undergrowth all over the place, but this tendency to like shady areas made them rather hard to photograph.  Too much movement, and not enough light!

As you can see they are rather splendid looking birds.










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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 341 - Flesh-footed Shearwater

In the evenings on Lord Howe we would go and watch the sun set and have drink - a genuine sun-downer I suppose.

Most evenings there would be a few shearwaters or mutton-birds flying around.  Eventually I worked out that they were landing to enter their nest burrows in the dunes near to where we were sitting.

On one evening I sat near the edge of these dunes and took photographs of the Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes / Ardenna carneipes) flying around and landing.  Landing may be a bit of an exaggeration of the degree of control showed by the birds as the reached land - crashing may be a more accurate term.

The birds would often land rather near my feet and then run into the vegetation to calm down or hide!









I also took this as a chance to try out some new settings on the camera for birds in flight - more practice needed, and a shame about the background on one the shots (there were some erosion protection works being done).






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