Day 317 – “I’m lightning on my feet, and that’s what they don’t see, that’s what they don’t seeee.”

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#807 is Mariana Swiftlet.

I wrapped up my 4 island tour. This morning we flew back to Honolulu and I made plans to bird with friend Mandy Talpas, whom I met at the Hawaii Birding Festival in September. I had 5 hours to bird and we made the best of it.

The only new bird I could see on the island was the fast disappearing Mariana Swiftlet. We climbed up the Aiea Ridge Trail to an incredible vista. We took turns scanning both sides of the trail. After about 20 minutes, I saw the fast-flying target. We waited patiently and were rewarded with 3 more over the course of an hour.

We had 2 more hours of sunlight so I suggested we go to Pearl Harbor NWR (the Honouliuli Unit). I had been there with my tour group at the start of the tour. We had seen both the rare Little Stint and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in fading light. No chance for pictures.

This evening I had a second chance. I had incredible views of both birds and I added to my photographic collection.

There was even time for me and Mandy to go celebrate and relive our day.

Mandy is a birding guide on Oahu. She is also a fellow dancer! I posted about her before, and I can’t say enough about what an incredible, dynamic young woman she is. I’ve made a new friend and I know she’ll go far!
#dancingbirders #hawaiibirdingbabe #teamyve #birddancerepeat

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