The Traveler

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About The Traveler

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  • Birthday 09/30/98

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    Toronto, Ontario
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    Birding (I want to go into the study of Ornithology), Reading, Skiing, Seadooing, Travelling, Photography

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  2. Day 11- March 21 Today was the birding day for me in Maui. I met up with a guide outside the resort at 7:30, and we headed up Hakealaka Volcano, to Hosmer Grove. So turns out the only chance at Maui Parrotbill and Crested Honeycreeper are if you go into Waikamoi Preserve, which you could only get into if you asked the nature conservancy, and they would lead a hike there. Even then, they apparently only lead it once a month, and this month it was on the 11th, so there wouldn’t be any more hikes there the rest of the month. We did have a chance at the Maui Creeper, which we didn’t get. We did see Ii’vi, Amakihi and Apapane however. Afterwards we went to the Kealia Ponds, where we got Hawaiian Coot, Hawaiian Black-necked Stilt and White-faced Ibis. Black-necked Stilt (Hawaiian ssp.) by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Black-necked Stilt (Hawaiian ssp) by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr White-faced Ibis by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Hawaiian Coot by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Day 12- March 22 Today we start our journey back home, first flying to Calgary from Maui at 10pm, then flying to Toronto, arriving on Friday in the late afternoon.
  3. Day 9- March 19 We went for a walk along the coast this morning. I didn't get any new birds, but there were lots of Butterflies. Cabbage White by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Gulf Fritillary by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Butterflies by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Butterfly- 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Butterfly by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Unfortuntely my mom found this one dead in a pool of water. Black Witch Moth (dead) 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Black Witch Moth (dead) by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Black Witch Moth legs by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Day 10- March 20 I didn't do any birding today.
  4. Day 7- March 17 I don't do any birding today. Day 8- March 18 We went on a whale-watching tour for Humpback whales, and got a few. Humpback Whale 3 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Humpback Whale by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Humpback Whale 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr In the afternoon I got Gray Francolin. Gray Frankolin by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr
  5. Day 6- March 16 We go snorkelling at in the morning. While there I end up seeing 2 African Silverbill and getting some decent photos of Red-crested Cardinals. Brown Anole by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Red-capped Cardinal by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr African Silverbill by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Day 7- March 17 I don't do any birding today.
  6. Day 4- March 14 Today we flew into Maui and just relaxed most of the day. In the evening when we went to a local mall (in Maui) I did get Red-crested Cardinal. Day 5- March 15 I don't do any birding today, but I do see Sea-Turtles. Sea Turtle 3 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Sea Turtle by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Sea Turtle 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr
  7. Day 3- March 13 Today I go on a day guided tour to Hakalau Forest reserve for the Honeycreepers and Thrushes. Driving up summit road, we see Erckle's Frankolin (I'd get better photos later) and Wild Turkey. After driving for awhile, we turn onto another road. There we get Skylark, Short-eared Owl, Japanese Bush-Warbler, Yellow-fronted Canary and hear Red-billed Leiothrix (we'd hear many of these, but they're impossible to see). Short-eared Owl by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Yellow-fronted Canary by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr At around 8:20 we reach the reserve. Soon after we reach the parking area, and start walking down a path off the road. Soon afterwards, we see an Amakihi (we'd see more throughout the day, but these were the best photos I got). Amakihi by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Continuing on, we see our first Ii'wi which would end up being pretty common, as well as an Hawaii Creeper. Ii'wi by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr We continue walking downhill and eventually see our first Elepaio. The guide then hears what he's pretty sure is an Akepa, and we eventually get on a female. Hawaii Akepa by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Not too long after we start walking, we see Hawaiian Hawk, which eventually pose for some decent photos. Hawaiian Hawk by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr We also see an Oma'o while looking at/for the Hawks. Soon after we reach an open field with a building with one side open. Turns out its for when the University of Hawaii would do bird banding there. By that time it's lunch time. After lunch we continue walking down to try and find a male Akepa, as well as an Akiapola'au. These guys are the hardest of the possible 6 to get in this forest area. They are mostly only found feeding on insect larvae from Koa trees. On the trail we went on there were three territories (and thus 3 pairs). The guide said he usually only got them 1 every 3 trips he leads here, and he got one yesterday, so I took that as a bit of a bad sign (though with birds you really never know when you could change upon one, and occasionally he has seen them more than one trip in a row). By this time we're reaching territory 2. We don't see the territory 2 birds, nor do we see the territory 3 birds. As we start to head back up, we see Erckel's Frankolin that allow for nice photos. Erckle's Frankolin by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Continuing on, a ways up we see an Oma'o that posed nicely for photos. Oma'o by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Continuing on, getting closer to the parking lot we see a Hawaiian Creeper that allows for decent photos. Hawaiian Creeper by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr By this time we're almost at the parking lot, when the guide spots an Akiapola'au (this would be in territory 1)! Akiapola'au by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr We also see an Elepaio that allows for nice photos. Elepaio by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Back at the parking lot area, cooperative Nene allow for more photos. I just love the "frills" (is that what you'd call them?) on their neck. DSC_7587 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Nene (Hawaiian Goose) by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Nene body feathers by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Nene neck feathers by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr On the way down we see a Ring-necked Pheasant. Ring-necked Pheasant by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr That's it for the day.
  8. Day 2- March 12 Today would be a day spent at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. When we arrived at around 10:30 we started by going to an active crater. P1010579 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr P1010577 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Afterwards we go back to the visitors centre and take a short trail to see the Sulphur Banks. On the way I see a bunch of Apapane, a pleasant surprise as I wasn't really expecting to get any of the Hawaiian honeycreepers until my trip tomorrow. Apapane by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr By the time we finish that it's time for lunch. Afterwards we take the Crater Rim Drive down to an ocean lookout. There I see a bunch of Black Noddies, which are nesting on the cliffs. Black Noddy by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Afterwards we head back up and to the visitors centre for the washroom. Earlier on we were talking to a lady that said Kalij Pheasant hang out on the lawn there later in the afternoon. While there, we end up seeing one. Kalij Pheasant by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr By that time it's 4:30 so we start the drive back to the hotel. That's it for the day.
  9. So as some of you know I went to Hawaii. Although I didn't really do a lot of birding, I thought I'd do a trip report anyway. We were in Hawaii from March 10th to March 22nd. Day 0- March 10 Today was really just a travel day, and we got to Hilo, Big Island at night. At the airport I do see a Dove and what I'm pretty sure is a Pacific Golden-Plover. Day 1- March 11 I wake up at 6:30am. Right from the hotel room I see Common Myna, Japanese White-Eye, Spotted Dove, Zebra Dove (all of which I would get better photos of later), Purple Finch and Northern Cardinal. We then go to breakfast, where I see a Pacific Golden-Plover. Pacific Golden-Plover by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Pacific Golden-Plover 3 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Pacific Golden-Plover 4 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr After I'm done breakfast, while my family is still eating I walk around the hotel grounds, where I see Wandering Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone and am able to get some good photos of Spotted Dove, Zebra Dove, Yellow-billed Cardinal and Common Myna. Wandering Tattler by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Spotted Dove by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Common Myna by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Zebra Dove by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr As we're waiting for the cab to pic us up to take us to where we're to pick up our rental car, I see 2 Sea Turtles and a Yellow-billed Cardinal. Sea Turtle by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Sea Turtle 3 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Sea Turtle 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Red-capped Cardinal by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Once we pick up the rental car, we first head to Akaku Falls State Park, where I see a Green Anole (introduced). Green Anole 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Green Anole by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Afterwards we head to some River area that's a good place to swim, according to a local. Only bird I see there is a Yellow-billed Cardinal. Afterwards we go to get lunch, then head back to the room. At 3pm my mom and I (my sister is feeling unwell) head to Wailoa River State Park, which as I found out yesterday while trying to figure out if Pacific Golden-Plover were birds that hung out on lawns, is a good place for Nene, or Hawaiian Goose. Once we arrive and get out of the car, we walk to the water's edge, where I immediately see a Cackling Goose and Hawaiian Coot, as well as 5 Nene (Hawaiian Goose). Pacific Golden-Plover 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Northern Pintail by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr NOPI female by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Nene (Hawaiian Goose) by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Nene (Hawaiian Goose) 2 by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Hawaiian Coot by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Cackling Goose by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr CACG by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr There's also some interesting domesticated Mallard types. domestic Mallard by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr After I'm satisfied with the photos I have we head back to the car. As were about to leave the parking lot we notice a Mongoose eating some food left out. demon Mongoose by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr innocent Mongoose by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr That's it for the day.
  10. I'm hoping to go for that bird tomorrow. On another note, I got lifer Ross's Goose today! Ross's Geese by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Ross's Goose by Isabel Apkarian, on Flickr Also my parents saw a Pileated Woodpecker at the feeders while I was birding (feederbird).
  11. You had that for South Carolina already?
  12. Those are fun comics. These are the best though https://birdingfamilycircus-blog.tumblr.com They don't update their Tumblr account anymore, just their FB page. My favourite one is
  13. Thanks! It'd be a lifer!
  14. It's about 2hrs from my house, but I'll be going down to Long Point on April 1 to volunteer and this place is only 10 minutes from the volunteer house so if it is real and stays I'll definitely go for it (I'll have a car). I know some very good birders that will almost definitely go looking for this bird, so we'll see if they refind it (fingers crossed)!