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Photographed byJill Wilson on Mon 29th Apr, 2019 and uploaded on Tue 14th May, 2019 .
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CommentWhen visiting the island at the end of April we noticed a large number of (empty) poison bait stations around the settled areas and became aware of a major effort to remove rats and mice from this World Heritage Area. It is the largest populated island in the world to undertake a full-scale rodent eradication program which should have a positive impact on the many nesting seabirds (among other flora and fauna species) that make this island unique. At the end of our stay staff from Taronga Zoo were beginning to capture 85% of the Lord Howe Woodhen population and about 40 % of the Pied Currawongs. These will be kept in specially constructed pens and aviaries for 100 days after the baits are released in the environment to ensure an “insurance” population in case any secondary poisoning of the remaining wild populations occurs. Helicopters arrived on LHI today (14 May) ready to drop aerial baits in inaccessible areas next week. Although the island inhabitants are divided about the wisdom of the program it is fully endorsed by the LHI Management Board. There is further information on the web at https://lhirodenteradicationproject.org/ and other sites. I look forward to returning to Lord Howe Island in a few years time when I hope to see an increase in seabird numbers and some species such as White-bellied Storm-petrel again breeding on the main island. I also hope it will no longer be possible to photograph a rat in broad daylight or hear or see them at night.
EquipmentCanon EOS 7D MkII + 300mm f/2.8L MkII + 1.4x MkIII extender, handheld Manual, spot metering, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 1000. Processed with DPP4 & Photoshop Elements 15.
LocationIn the town (Lord Howe Island)
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