Embark late afternoon in Auckland, complete formalities and
Through the Hauraki Gulf looking for recently re-discovered
New Zealand Storm-Petrel, Grey Ternlet and other specialities.
Evening offshore a ‘Pycroft’s Petrel’ island.
At sea. Expected species include White-necked , Black-winged
and grey-faced petrels, Buller’s, Wedge-tailed and Flesh-footed
Norfolk Island (Australia). We plan to seek three endemics
- Norfolk Island Parakeet, Norfolk Gerygone and Slender-billed
White-eye with time to explore around the Island and meet
with some of the local people.
Noumea (New Caledonia). We will explore the southern end of
this tropical paradise island concentrating on Parc de la
Riviere Bleue for Kagu. Other birds we will seek include New
Caledonian Imperial Pigeon, N.C. (White-bellied) Goshawk,
N.C.(Horned) Parakeet, N.C. Myzomela, N.C. Whistler, N.C.
Crow, N.C. Cuckoo-Shrike, N.C. Grassbird (very difficult to
see), N.C. Friarbird, Crow, Dark-brown and Barred Honeyeaters,
Yellow-bellied Robin, Cloven-feathered Dove, Red-throated
Parrotfinch and Striated Starling.
At sea, relax in the Pacific Ocean as we sail to the Solomon
Rennell (Solomon Islands). We shall seek a number of Solomon
endemics including the five species restricted to Rennell,
Rennell Shrikebill, Fantail, White-eye and Starling plus Bare-eyed
White-eye. Our visit to Rennell includes meeting with the
San Cristobal (Solomon Islands), a new landing looking for
Honiara( Solomon Islands). A days birding excursion to Mount
Austin. Island group endemics found here include Midget Flowerpecker,
Ultramarine Kingfisher, S.I. Cuckoo-Shrike, Ducorp’s
Cockatoo, Blyth’s Hornbill and others.
At sea, in 2007 this was the area for Heinroth’s shearwater,
we are sure to looking for this again.
Ghizo and Kolombangara (Solomon Islands). We shall seek more
endemics, Splendid White-eye, White-capped Monarch plus Solomon
Sea Eagle and later in the day hope to see Roviana Rails as
they come out before dark, the species being only first described
(‘Truk’, Caroline Islands). Ashore we will look
for Chuuk Monarch, Caroline Islands White-eye, Reed Warbler,
Swiftlet and Ground Dove plus Oceanic Flycatcher.
Bonin Islands (Japan) – we will seek the endemic honeyeater
ashore, Laysan Albatross, Humpbacks and various dolphins in
the island’s waters.
At sea, new seabirds should include Black-footed Albatross,
Streaked Shearwater and Tristam’s Storm Petrel.
Torishima (Japan, landing not allowed) We will cruise off
the island in the afternoon for surely one of the seabird
highlights, Short-tailed Albatross.
A final day at sea to reflect on the amazing diversity of
the places we have visited.
Disembark Yokohama, Japan, after breakfast. A transfer will
be provided to the Yokohama Terminal for transfer by fast
bus or train to Tokyo.
at the Islands are by permit only as administered by the relevant
Governments. Circumstances may be encountered during our voyage
which will make it necessary or desirable to deviate from
the proposed itinerary. These circumstances include poor weather
and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition
Leader will keep you fully informed during the voyage.