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I was a young child when I first saw photos of the moai statues of Easter Island. It has been a ‘must go’ place ever since. When Sally showed me a flyer for an Oceania Cruise to French Polynesia and Easter Island ending in Lima, Peru, we leaped at it. We used Hilton timeshare credits to spend the first 5 days in Moorea before starting the cruise in Papeete, Tahiti. The stops were Huahine, Bora Bora, Fakarava, Pitcairn and Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Unfortunately, we had to bypass Pitcairn Island because a passenger fell and broke her hip and needed medical care on Rapa Nui.
Always having an eye for new birds to photograph I purchased a copy of Thibault and Rives Birds of Tahiti to see what I thought would be a plethora birds. However, on page 37 it proudly states there are 33 species of birds on all the French Polyensian Islands. By contrast, for the Peru leg of the trip I also got the magnificent 2.6 pound Birds of Peru by Schulenberg et al. Peru has the greatest number of species of any country with a total of 1,800 species. A fraction of those are on a separate web site www.ComingsBirds.com/Peru.
We saw 16 different species of birds in French Polynesia and Easter Island. Some, such as the House Sparrow, are seen many other places and are not shown.
There were many more beautifully colored reef fish than beautifully colored birds. Using an underwater case for my Luminex point and shoot, I have included a SLIDESHOW OF FISH with 27 of species, including the very friendly and wonderful Tahitian Sting Rays, the Blacktip Reef Sharks and an Octopus from Bora Bora.
Given the paucity of birds, the emphasis on this website will be photos of the different islands, especially the magnificent Easter Island or Rapa Nui.
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