Home of the Tuamotu Sandpiper (Prosobonia cancellata), Polynesia offers great birding and who better than to experience these enigmatic waders than with Birdquest. "Sitting with these cute waders was one of the highlights of the tour."

The Polynesian triangle between Hawaii, New Zealand and Easter Island stretches about 8000 kilometres across the central Pacific Ocean. This vast area is dotted with numerous tropical islands, many of them of volcanic origin and never connected to the continents, hosting an array of endemic birdlife.

In the vastness of the Pacific, birders have the chance to connect with a glorious collection of tropical and subtropical seabirds including Tahiti, Phoenix, Murphy's, Kermadec, Herald and Henderson Petrels, Christmas and Tropical Shearwaters, White-faced and Polynesian Storm-Petrels, Red-tailed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, Masked, Red-footed and Brown Boobies, Great and Lesser Frigatebirds, Spectacled (or Grey-backed), Sooty and Common White Terns, and Black, Brown, Blue and Grey Noddies, plus a selection of stragglers from cooler waters further south, such as Grey and Cape Petrels.

Tuamotu Sandpiper

Tuamotu Sandpiper, copyright Steve Smith

Showing the 4 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Hawai'i - 24th - 30th September 2006, author Frank Hemmings (added September 27, 2009)

French Polynesia - July 2009, author Scott Bowers (link created March 2, 2011)

Polynesia - 6th - 28th September 2006, author Pete Morris (link created July 24, 2007)
(We visited four islands in the Cook Islands and four islands and five atolls in French Polynesia. We recorded only 67 species of birds but many were spectacular, rare and endangered species.)

French Polynesia and the Cook Islands - 6 September - 27 October 2018 , author Herve Jacob (added January 19, 2019)
(Some of the Society, Marquesas, Tuamotu, Austral islands, and 2 islands in the Cooks.)

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