Hawaii (Kona)

Apr. 28, 2018 Kona pelagic, Hawaii Island

Rainy with occasional cloudy

We joined the Kona pelagic trip arranged by Alex Wang. It was little rough sea condition and some scenes were difficult to observe. However we were happy to see a couple of Hawaiian Petrels. If we have a next chance, we want to see Hawaiian (Band-rumped) Storm Petrel and Newell’s Shearwater.

Bird List

  • Leach’s Storm Petrel ±10
  • Hawaiian Petrel 4
  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater ±100
  • Bulwer’s Petrel ±50
  • Great Frigatebird 3
  • Red-footed Booby 6
  • Brown Booby 4
  • Brown Noddy
  • White Tern
  • Sooty Tern 
  • Arctic Tern

Tokyo—Izu Is.

Apr. 8, 2018 Tokyo—Hachijo-jima (Izu Is)

We on boarded the Tachibana-Maru (Tokai Kisen Co.).
The outward journey:Apr. 7-8
We departed fromTokyo (Takeshiba Terminal) at 22:30 pm and arrived at Hachijo-jima at 9:00 am (Next day)
(arrived ten minutes late because of bad sea condition).

The homeward journey:Apr. 8
We departed from Hachijo-jima at 9:20 am (Early departure because of bad sea condition) and arrived at Tokyo (Takeshiba Terminal) at 20:00 pm (arrived ten minutes late because of bat sea condition).
Weather : cloudy-sunny
Temperature : around 12 ℃
Wind speed : >15 m/s
Wave height : 2-4m

It is the best season for observing Short-tailed Albatrosses (mainly adult birds) and flocks of Tristram’s Storm-petrels.In this trip, we could see several target birds from Miyake-jima to entrance of Tokyo Bay! Adult Short-tailed Albatrosses are so beautiful.Flying Tristram’s Storm-Petrels througth the waves are cool! (but too far to take a photo…) 
I’d like to recommend this ferry trip to you.

Bird list

  • Black-footed Albatross 13
  • Laysan Albatross 1
  • Short-tailed Albatross 8
  • Streaked Shearwater ++
  • Blackish Shearwater sp. (Sooty or Short-tail?) 2?
  • Tristram’s Storm-petrel 5
  • Storm-petrel sp. 1
  • Japanese Cormorant
  • Grey Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Phalarope sp. 2
  • Black-tailed Gull
  • Long-tailed Jaeger 2
  • Skua sp. 1
  • Japanese Murrelet 11
  • Murrelet sp.
  • Blue Rock Thrush
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow