Chris and I had an awesome morning birding together on Oahu!
We started off at Makapu’u Beach park for a big sit with awesome views of Red-footed Boobies, Brown Boobies, Black Noddies, Red-tailed Tropicbirds, Great Frigatebirds, White Terns, Sooty Terns, Wedge-tailed Shearwaters with Masked Booby and Brown Noddy sightings being our highlight species. View our seabird checklist on eBird HERE
From SE shore we went into the valleys of Aina Haina, home to the highest density of Oahu Elepaio on the island. I knew just where to take Chris to find this endangered and endemic forest bird species because I work for Pacific Rim Conservation on their Oahu Elepaio Recovery Project. I was prepared to lead Chris on a hike about 30 minutes into Pia Valley where I had been keeping close tabs on a pair but we lucked out with great views of a third year male right over our heads, within 10′ of us, only about ten minutes into our hike! Chris and I are convinced our amazing elepaio karma was thanks to my dedicated predator control duties and more importantly, Chris wearing his awesome Oahu Elepaio shirt, a gift to him from Pacific Rim after his generous donation. View our Oahu Elepaio encounter on eBird HERE
We then journeyed up into the lush, green forests above Honolulu’s city limits on a search for Oahu Amakihi, an endemic forest bird in the honeycreeper family. We could hear several males singing and calling as soon as we got out of the car and quickly focused in on a beautiful, bright yellow male at the top of a eucalyptus tree. View our Oahu Amakihi sighting on eBird HERE I had just enough time to get Chris a great view of nesting White Terns in front of Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu before dropping him off at the car rental center, where I took this selfie of us 🙂
A special thank you to Chris for all your support with starting up my own birding tour business and your letter of recommendation for my public utility commission of motor vehicles license. Happy Birding! ~Hawaii Birding Babe