Sunday, 5 October 2014

Western Pacific Odyssey Japan to New Zealand 2008.

We arrived in Auckland on the 31st March, 2008 and visited several local birding sites including Snells Beach. The following day we went out on a local pelagic trip into the Hauraki Gulf passing the Mokohaniu Island. The following morning we drove to Miranda, and then returned to Auckland and boarded the Spirit of Enderby during the late evening on the 2nd April. We again sailed through the Hauraki Gulf the following day before starting the journey North to Japan. En-route we stopped off at the following Islands: Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Rennell Island, Makira Island, Gudalcanal & Kolombangara Island (all four islands form part of the Solomon Islands). We crossed the Equator on the 21st April. We then visited Chuuk,Micronesia and then continued sailing North to Japan. First visited Chichi-jima Island (part of the Bonin Islands group), and then onto Torishima Island where we anchored off-shore. (Not allowed to land here).
We next arrived at Ko-jima Island in heavy rain and strong winds and we cruised around the island (part of the Izu Islands), before sailing onto Miyake-jima Island (Izu Islands) and we visited the Nature Centre here (excellent birding). As we left this Island, we visited some stacks off shore for Japanese Murrelet. We finally arrived at Tokyo harbour on the 4th May for our flight back to the UK.

In total, we sailed just over 5,400 nautical miles on the Spirit of Enderby.


Boarding the Spirit of Enderby at Auckland harbour



Views of the Mokohinau Islands in the Hauraki Gulf, off North Island, New Zealand


Arriving at Norfolk Island



Views taken on Norfolk Island


Arriving at Noumea Harbour on New Caledonia


Les dreaming of Becks Petrel


Roger & Liz looking for Becks Petrel


Tony wasn't to bothered


Pete looking smug, he had just seen a Becks


Rennell Island


Arriving Makira Island


Locals came out to meet us


Reception committee as we were the first westerns to visit Yanuta village.


Departing from the Yanuta village on Makira Island



Views taken on Mt. Austin, Gudalcanal, where we birded for a day


Local village on Kolombangra Island


Kolombangara Island mangroves



Approaching Chuuk


Departing from Chuuk



Torishima Island, Japan, breeding site of the Sort-tailed Albatross


JFC on board the Spirit of Enderby off Torishima Island


Japanese Murrelet stacks off Miyake-jima Island Japan


Spirit of Enderby in the harbour at Chichi-jima Island




Spectacular sun-sets over the Pacific




Orchids on Kolombangara Island



Flying Fish


Bottlenose Dolphin


Sperm Whale


Dragonfly on Kolombangara Island



Butterfly on Rennell Island


Flying Fox on Kolombangara Island





Yellow Bellied Robin in the Riviere Bleue National Park, New Caledonia



Wrybills at Miranda,New Zealand










Various Wilson Petrels




Green-backed White-eye on New Caledonia


Bare-eyed White-eye on Rennell Island

White Tern on nest on Norfolk Island






White Tern on Norfolk Island




White Tailed Tropicbird





White Necked Petrel



White Faced Heron at Miranda, New Zealand


White Chinned Petrel in the Hauraki Gulf off New Zealand



Our only White Capped Albatross seen in the Hauraki Gulf off New Zealand





Wedge Tailed Shearwaters of the dark colour phase




Three pictures of the rare intermediate colour phase of the Wedge Tailed Shearwater














Various Wedge Tailed Shearwaters mainly of the light colour phase











Various Wandering Albatrosses


Varied Tit (owstoni race) on Miyake-jima Island


Variable Goshawk on Kolombangara Island



Tui near Snells Beach, New Zealand



The underside of Tristram's Petrel





Various Tristrams's Petrels







Various Tahiti Petrels


Upperside of Tahiti Petrel


Long Tailed Triller on Makira Island








Streaked Shearwaters in Japanese waters




Streaked Fantail on New Caledonia






Solomons Island Sea-Eagle on Kolombangara Island


Poor record shot of a Solomons Island Cuckoo-shrike on Gudalcanal


Metallic & Singing Starlings on Rennell Island


Metallic Starling on Rennell Island


Adult and Juveniles Singing Starlings on Rennell Island


Silver Capped Fruit Dove on Rennell Island




Short Tailed Shearwater





























Various plumages of the Short Tailed Albatross


Sacred Kingfisher on Rennell Island


Rufous Night Heron flying over Chuuk




Royal Spoonbills on the lagoons near Auckland Airport








Three Roviana Rails (flightless) seen around a village on Kolombangara Island
The cat appeared to ignore the Rail.





Rennell Shrike-bill on Rennell Island


Rennell Island Fantail








Red Tailed Tropicbirds on Norfolk Island




Red Knobbed Imperial Pigeon on Makira Island



Red Billed Gull on Snells Beach, New Zealand















Various phases of the Red Footed Booby on or around the Spirit of Enderby




Pygmy Woodpecker at Miyake-jima Island



Purple Swamphen near Auckland, New Zealand







Pomarine Skua



Polynesian Storm Petrel



Pied Stilts near Snells Beach, North Island, New Zealand


Immature of the Pied Goshawk (normal form) on Gudalcanal


Immature Pied Goshawk (tawny form) on Gudalcanal





Adult Pied Goshawk on Gudalcanal






Parkinson's Black Petrel off North Island, New Zealand


Parkinson's Black Petrel & Flesh Footed Shearwater

Pacific Swallow on board the Spirit of Enderby

Pacific Imperial Pigeon on Rennell Island





Oceanic Flycatcher on Chuuk



Norfolk Island Gerygone




Norfolk Island Parakeet









New Zealand Storm Petrel off Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand Shoveller and Pacific Black Duck near Auckland, New Zealand


New Zealand Dotterel in partial summer plumage


New Zealand Dotterel in winter plumage


New Zealand Dotterels at their breeding site near Snells Beach, New Zealand.


New Zealand Little Grebes near Auckland, New Zealand.



New Caledonian Whistler on New Caledonia


New Caledonian Friarbird on New Caledonia



Juvenile & Adult Micronesian Starling on Chuuk



Micronesian Myzomela on Chuuk








Matsuidra's Storm Petrel from the under-side



Various Matsuidra's Storm Petrels



Matsuidra's Storm Petrel in heavy moult











Adult & Juvenile Masked Boobies





Various Long Tailed Skuas




Lesser Frigatebird


Large Billed Crow on Miyake-jima Island



Kermadec Petrel including this distinctive white-headed bird.



Juvenile Kelp Gull near Auckland, New Zealand.









Ten Kagus were seen in the Riviere Bleue Nat. Pk. on New Caledonia

Japanese White-eye on Miyake-jima Island








Japanese Murrelets off Miyake-jima Island


Japanese Wood Pigeon on Miyake-jima Island



Japanese Cormorant in Miyake-jima Island harbour.




Izu Thrush at Miyake-jima Nature Centre



Island Imperial Pigeon on Rennell Island.




Intermediate Egret on Miyake-jima Island, Japan

Iljima's Warbler in the Miyake-jima Nature Centre,
Japan


Very poor record shots of a Heinroth's Shearwater



Grey Fantail on Norfolk Island


Grey Fantail near Auckland, New Zealand







Various Grey Faced Petrels




Great Frigatebirds













Various Gould's Petrels






Flesh Footed Shearwaters off New Zealand



Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot on Gudalcanal


Fan-tailed Gerygone on Rennell Island







Fairy Prions



Eclectus Parrot on Makira Island


Intermediate colour morph Pacific Reef Heron on Chuuk



Dollarbirds on Mt. Austin on Gudalcanal




Crimson Crowned Fruit-dove on Chuuk






Crested Tern



Collared Petrels



Collared Kingfisher on Kolombangara Island




Caroline Islands Reed Warbler on Chuuk




Caroline Islands Swiftlets on Chuuk



Caroline Islands Ground-dove on at the Japanese Gun on Chuuk

Cardinal Myzomela on Rennell Island





Campbell's Albatross


Bulwer's Petrel






Bullers Shearwaters off New Zealand


Brown Winged Starling on Gudalcanal



Brown Booby

Bridled Tern






Various Bonin's Petrels near Bonin Island







Black Winged Petrels around Norfolk Island







Adult Black Tailed Gulls near Ko-Jima Island




Black Noddies on Norfolk Island





Black Naped Terns with Black Noody on Chuuk


Short Tailed & Black Footed Albatrosses











Various Black Footed Albatrosses





Beck's Petrels



Bar Tailed Godwits of the eastern race 'baueri' near Auckland, New Zealand


Australian Ibis on Rennell Island


Full moon over the Pacific.

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