11 – 15 April Big Island pelagic trip, and clean sweep of the island specialty birds.
Following is a brief pictorial recounting of my first Hawaiian trip of the year: Big Island. The timing reflected the opportunity for a Kona one-day pelagic trip with Alex Wang. But I a few days of terrestrial birding provided a clean sweep of Big Island specialty birds – with exception of ‘heard-only’ Hawaiian Hawk – while birding Hakalau Forest Reserve with guide Lance Tanino – the place is off-limits to independent birders. Lance’s keen ears proved invaluable in picking out the hawk, and the ‘big one’ Akiapolaau. It was lots of fun and I highly recommend Lance to anyone wishing to visit Hakalau for the perhaps only option to see the highly contracted specialist forest birds such as Akepa, Omao, Hawaii Creeper, and Akiapolaau.