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Subject: Hawaii
From: Robert Hamilton <>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:51:11 +1100
Hi  Everyone,

I had a family holiday in Hawaii, on O'ahu and The Big Island, during January 
and I made the most of every birding opportunity that fitted in with our plans. 

My favourite birding experience was seeing Bristle-thighed Curlew in Northeast 
O'ahu. The James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge was closed to the public, 
for the 2013-14 season, so I walked through the Kahuka Golf Course to the back 
boundary of the refuge. I encountered 31 Curlew most of which were on fences or 
fence posts, and five were on headstones of an old Japanese cemetery. I was 
soaked by a heavy shower and dried off before seeking shelter from a storm 
under the edge of an old building, near the golf club. I had distant views of  
Hawaiian Gallinule and Northern Pintail in the refuge, and a range of 
introduced birds during my walk in and out. I had much better views of Northern 
Pintail later at Hilo, on The Big Island.

Introduced birds are present everywhere and much easier to find than endemic 
and resident birds, although I still found  reasonable numbers of the latter.  
The few seabirds I saw were chance encounters, on a couple of  marine mammal 
trips we did, which didnt go very far offshore. Pacific Golden Plover, which 
take a bit of work to find in Tasmania, were on just about every patch of grass 
in the places we visited. Seeing White Tern fly in through the buildings on 
Waikiki  Beach while watching my son surfing was special. 

Here is the link to my photos from the trip.


Rob Hamilton
Margate, Tasmania

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