Spent an enjoyable week on Niue at the start of June. I'm slowly uploading data into eBird but here are a few notes for interest. No surviving endemics but a couple of endemic sub-species of Polynesian Triller and Polynesian Starling. We had planned to do a pelagic but a combination of huge swells, gusty winds and small boats put paid to that.
White-tailed Tropicbird – very common on the ocean and particularly in the Huvalu Forest Conservation Area (50).
Great Frigatebird – 7 confirmed birds but probably more. Interestingly all the frigates appeared later in the week after a rain storm – Uluvehi (5), Makefu (1) Ana’ana Point (1).
Lesser Frigatebird – surprisingly the more common of the two. Approximately 14 birds at various locations and dates – Uluvehi (7), Anapala Chasm (3), Makefu (3), Ana’ana Point (1) – admittedly they could be the same birds circling around the island.
Eastern Reef Heron – singletons of the dark phase on several occasions at Makefu, Opaahi, Avatele, Uluvehi. One white phase at Makefu ocean track.
Feral Chicken – abundant. Some of the ‘wildest’ chickens I’ve seen anywhere. Occasionally in the forest, well away from habitation.
Buff-banded Rail – quite secretive compared to Samoa. Four singletons Tapeu-Porritt Road and Alofi-Liku Road. Most reliable bird was at the southern end of the golf course early morning.
Pacific Golden Plover – quite good numbers and seemingly loyal to specific locations on the island. A mixture of plumages - Avatele (2), Tuapa (2), Liku (5), Hanan International Airport (28), Toi (2).
Wandering Tattler – one seen on several occasions at Makefu.
White Tern – common both over the island and on the ocean. Largest count 80 at a boil up off Uluvehi.
Brown Noddy – common inshore and occasionally over the forest.
Brown Booby – five seen flying across the Bay off Avatele, then seen as singles on floating buoys in the bay.
Crimson-crowned Fruit Dove – Very common everywhere.
Pacific Imperial Pigeon – Occasional in suitable habitat – quite difficult to approach.
Polynesian Triller – Very common.
Polynesian Starling – Very common.
Barn Owl – one bird in the early evening flying across Tapeu Porritt Road near Tamakautoga.
White-rumped Swiflet – very common all over the island.
Birds of the islands and waters of the South Pacific.
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