Adele Island, 97km north north-west of Cape Leveque, and The Lacepede Islands to the north-west of Broome, are important turtle nesting sites and bird rookeries for colonies of Brown, Red Footed and Masked Boobies, and the Lesser Frigate Bird. Protected in part by the difficulty in getting there, Adele is visited by only a few boats every year.
Both islands were named by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin in the early nineteenth century.
This footage was filmed in August 2010 with a Canon 5D mark 2 when we visited Adele and the Lacepede Islands as part of a "Whales and Reefs" survey trip on MV Kimberley Escape. The young birds had never seen humans before, and the boobies in particular were intensely curious.
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