Coral Lagoon - Lord Howe Island,Australia
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We were fortunate to have the opportunity to take Kayaks out onto the lagoon at the lowest tide the locals could remember.
With lots of colourful coral visible at the surface it was a rare photographic opportunity.
The two mountains to the East of the Lagoon, Mt Lidgbird (775m) and Mt Gower (875m) give a real "lost world" feel to this World Heritage listed island paradise.
In my view Lord Howe Island is a 'must visit' place along with Machu Pichu and the Perito Moreno Glacier & White Island, NZ, four of the most spectacular places I have ever been.
I came across this PDF Doc by McAllan et al on bird species made extinct on Lord Howe from a PDF File I found on the last item on this Google Search page.Will relocate it under a more appropriate image later.
"The island has sadly lost most of its endemic taxa, following the usual scenario of Pacific Island wildlife disasters, the flightless White Gallinule (gone by 1853) and White-throated Pigeon (gone by 1869) due to hunting, then the Red-crowned Parakeet derivative to the same cause later by 1880. The real tragedy came with the grounding of the SS Mokambo in 1918, as the island was rat free up to that point. Within a decade the endemic Robust White-eye, Lord Howe (Grey or NZ) Fantail, Lord Howe (Slender-billed) White-eye, Tasman Starling and Vinous-tinted (Island) Thrush were gone, with the Lord Howe Gerygone following by 1936. The wave of extinction continued as the endemic albaria form of Boobook then vanished in the 1950’s, ironically probably due to the Masked and Barn Owls imported to control the rats. Amazingly the Woodhen lingered on atop the peaks and was the subject of a highly successful rescue operation in the 1980’s. The endemic forms of Silvereye and Golden Whistler remain common, seemingly able to co-exist with ship rats."
Sadly man always finds a way to wreak destruction in paradise.