Shaped like a crescent moon, Lord Howe island is a volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. 600 km east of mainland Port Macquarie, and about 900 km (560 mi) southwest of Norfolk Island. We journeyed by air.

There are 28 islands, islets and rocks that are the Lord Howe Island cluster.

“The first reported sighting of Lord Howe Island took place on 17 February 1788, when Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, commander of the Armed Tender HMS Supply, was en route from Botany Bay to found a penal settlement on Norfolk Island.[8] On the return journey Ball sent a party ashore on Lord Howe Island to claim it as a British possession.[9] It subsequently became a provisioning port for the whaling industry,” Retrieved from January 29, 2018.

The only breeding site for sooty terns in NSW, is Lord Howe Island. After their annual migration to the Sea of Japan, these birds and their young can be found in prolific numbers and of cacophonous auditory assault at Blinky Beach, Lord Howe Island.