Rarotonga Cook Islands

We arrived in Rarotonga, Cook Islands after a relatively short flight.

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Petrified Coral could be found anywhere on the beach, huge pieces of coral and shells are everywhere.

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Not many shorebirds but Wandering Tattlers were common

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Lovely Flowers…

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First day Frigatebird

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Our accommodations at http://www.tropicalsands.co.ck/

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Pacific Reef Heron on Beach, they come in two color phases.

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Another Tattler

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Tropical Sands

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My Birding Ride

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Avatiu Harbour

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Shoreline at low tide

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Unlike other ocean destinations, we’ve been the shallows were alive with life

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Lovely blue clam, I found while wading

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Rarotonga Starling

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Most abundant bird Jungle Fowl

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I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Ian Karika who is the manager of the Takitumi Conservatin Area searching for a Kakerori or Rarotonga (Flycatcher ) Monarch an endemic species of the island. The totally Grey bird is over 4 years old and the other is under 4. Pretty cool to watch Ian call the birds in, not by pishing but clapping and calling out. He has more than doubled the population of these rare birds since 1996. Thanks Ian

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Rarotonga Flycatcher Adult Above, younger bird below

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Going to the summit

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Not what I signed up for but what a blast..

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For info Contact: Ian Karika – Kakerori@tca.co.ck

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Big surprise at summit was the fly by of two White-tailed Tropicbird’s, I wished I’d been more ready.

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Cucumber Moth

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Second most numerous bird the Myna

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Something seems familiar

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Jungle Fern

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Insects

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Large Bats

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Life in the shallows

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Early morning sighting on beach in front of Tropical Sands

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At night the sand becomes alive with movement

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More photos of Tropical Sands

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Our hosts Kanoe and Rudy, great place, very clean, nice people

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White Tern

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I took a photo of two flying tropicbirds and it was a total surprise to find they were a pair of Red-tailed Tropicbirds

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No Idea

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I wanted this shirt, but they only had mediums

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From the Islander Hotel across from the airport, waiting for flight and watching whales

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A great time…

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Whales were happy too

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Last look at Rarotonga

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Until the next adventure

Ciao for now

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