From Libby, Capella Lodge Manager:
Autumn has arrived at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island. This morning I drove two of our guests into the ‘town’ for an around-island boat tour. When we left the Lodge it was sunny with a few puffy clouds hugging the mountain tops. When we arrived at the local jetty, 4 km away, it was bucketing down with rain! (who says it rains more down in the south!) No sooner had the trip been postponed than the sun was shining again and we had a beautiful LHI day! (see attached photo to prove it!). That’s life on a small island in the middle of the ocean. So, the day has turned into a typical LHI day, we have guests enjoying a BBQ on the beach, climbing Kim’s lookout and fish feeding at Ned’s Beach. The local wildlife is also enjoying the weather. On the short drive home there were countless endemic Woodhens in nearly every puddle along the airstrip road. Wood hens and the local Land Rails love to bathe in every puddle they find. I noticed also that the Golden Plovers have their dark breeding plumage and must be getting ready to head back to Siberia. At this time of year the adult Shearwaters (Muttonbirds) and all the island’s migratory birds are readying themselves for their long journeys to the northern hemisphere. So change is on its way and we are looking forward to those cooler evenings when we can settle in next to the fire in the Lodge with a glass or two of red wine.