The first seven months of the year happens so fast and before you know it August is here. A seasoned traveller might tell you that summer is not always the best time to go and explore a certain place. For a change, you can try visiting mid- year and bear witness to worthwhile activities that are still in store for you during your arrival. Specifically, at Lord Howe, you get to still enjoy bird watching, apart from that you can still go to leisurely walks, hike the tropic forests and climb majestic mountains. Here’s a list of year round activities that you can enjoy for the second half of the year:
Let’s start with August, explore the Roach island and there you will find shearwater chicks that are coming out of their shell deep in the burrows. At the end of the month, watch the night sky as terns land on Admiralty Island. A few days past August, you can see the arrival of Mutton birds.
When you are visiting Lord Howe in September, you can bear witness to the return of various species of Mutton birds such as the Wedge tailed Shearwaters and also the Flesh footed kind. The ternlet will then lay its egg early in this month. Then the land birds will begin nesting. It is fun to have breakfast outside because you will be visited by Sonthrush and English black birds. When you’re lucky enough you may even see the Golden Whistler.
During October, the red tailed tropic bird starts to breed along the cliffs. It is common knowledge that this island is the largest breeding colony in the world. This is the place where migrant waders coming all the way from the Arctic breed.
When this month comes to a close, visitors can bear witness to the first of summer blooms. The colours coming from the flowers of the Mountain Rose, Sallywood, Pumpkin tree, boar tree and island pine is indeed a spectacle worth seeing. Note that the flowers coming from the wedding lily only last for a single day. This plant is actually endemic and was brought to the island from South Africa.
During your stay at Lord Howe in November, you get to see the different stages of growth of the Masked Booby birds. Grey ternlets and even the providence petrel chicks have fledged. November is also the month where the Black winged petrel arrives. After mating, the mutton bird colonies leave the island then return briefly afterwards to lay their single eggs at the end of the month.
Before you know it, it’s already December where vegetation is at its finest in the island. Actually, the island is part of the World Heritage list because of the unique vegetation it possesses. As a matter of fact, there are about 160 species of native flowering plants found on the island, apart from that, there are also about 57 species of ferns that are sprawled all around the place especially in the tropic forests.
Take a trek among the many mountain summits of the island to see the Giant Health or more commonly known as the Fitzgeraldii or you can explore the forests and see the extra ordinary Pandanus tree beginning to bloom during this period.