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French Polynesia: 7/3/2010 - 7/18/2010 (Center on Map)

French Polynesia

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon Solar Eclipse - Diamond Ring Eclipse - Baileys Beads, Prominences, and Corona Anaa Bridge
Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana) Great Crested-Tern (Sterna bergii) - Non-breeding Pacific Reef-Egret (Egretta sacra) - Dark Morph Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) Grey-green Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus purpuratus) Tahiti Monarch (Pomarea nigra) - Female
Tahiti Kingfisher (Todirhamphus veneratus) Tahiti Monarch (Pomarea nigra) Tahiti Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus caffer) Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) Red-browed Firetail (Neochmia temporalis) Chestnut-breasted Munia (Lonchura castaneothorax) Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild) Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) Bristle-thighed Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis) Tuamotu Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus atyphus) Azure-tailed Skink (Lygosominae cyanurum) Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana) Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)

For the solar eclipse of July 11, 2010, we had intended to visit Easter Island. However, difficulty buying plane tickets from LAN Chile Airlines prompted us to change our plans to visit French Polynesia instead. Here is the story of two weeks of the torture of sun, sand, blue water, and perfect temperatures.

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Species Recorded (40)

Birds ( 36 )

Shearwaters and Petrels ( Procellariidae )
Tahiti Petrel - Pseudobulweria rostrata

Tropicbirds ( Phaethontidae )
White-tailed Tropicbird - Phaethon lepturus

Boobies and Gannets ( Sulidae )
Brown Booby - Sula leucogaster
Red-footed Booby - Sula sula

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Swamp Harrier - Circus approximans

Frigatebirds ( Fregatidae )
Lesser Frigatebird - Fregata ariel
Great Frigatebird - Fregata minor

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Pacific Reef-Heron - Egretta sacra

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Pacific Black Duck - Anas superciliosa

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Red Junglefowl - Gallus gallus

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Pacific Golden-Plover - Pluvialis fulva

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Bristle-thighed Curlew - Numenius tahitiensis
Wandering Tattler - Tringa incana

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Blue-Gray Noddy - Anous ceruleus
Black Noddy - Anous minutus
Brown Noddy - Anous stolidus
Common White-Tern - Gygis alba
Gray-backed Tern - Onychoprion lunatus
Great Crested Tern - Thalasseus bergii

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
Zebra Dove - Geopelia striata
Gray-green Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus purpuratus

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Blue Lorikeet - Vini peruviana

( Dacelonidae )
Tahiti Kingfisher - Todiramphus veneratus

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Polynesian Swiftlet - Aerodramus leucophaeus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Pacific Swallow - Hirundo tahitica

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Red-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus cafer

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
Silvereye - Zosterops lateralis

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Tahiti Monarch - Pomarea nigra

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Tuamotu Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus atyphus
Tahiti Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus caffer

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Common Myna - Acridotheres tristis

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Crimson-backed Tanager - Ramphocelus dimidiatus

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Common Waxbill - Estrilda astrild
Chestnut-breasted Munia - Lonchura castaneothorax
Red-browed Firetail - Neochmia temporalis


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