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Old Thursday 7th February 2013, 05:58   #1
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Kauai endemics

Just want to make sure I got these right. Some of the most uncooperative birds I've ever experienced!

1. Anianiau
2. Kauai Amakihi
3. Kauai Elepaio

Thanks.
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Old Thursday 7th February 2013, 13:52   #2
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1 and 3 look pretty good. I'm not positive on 2, that could be another Anianiau, the Amakihi should have a bit longer bill, and dark lores.
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Old Thursday 7th February 2013, 15:16   #3
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1 and 3 look pretty good. I'm not positive on 2, that could be another Anianiau, the Amakihi should have a bit longer bill, and dark lores.
I'm sure 2 must be another Anianiau.

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1 and 3 look pretty good. I'm not positive on 2, that could be another Anianiau, the Amakihi should have a bit longer bill, and dark lores.
I agree on all counts including not being quite sure about #2.

Hawaii forest birding is indeed tricky, since the birds tend to be high up. It also takes time to learn all the 'apapane's calls so you can ignore them! This is, of course, a good problem to have.
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Old Friday 8th February 2013, 00:28   #5
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1. Anianiau
2. Anianiau As DarkFireFalcon stated longer bill and dark lores for Amakihi
3. Kaua'i Elepaio

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Old Friday 8th February 2013, 03:56   #6
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Thanks all for the input. I thought the lores on #2 were darkish; more than I thought for Anianiau, but not sure about Amakihi.

Would views of the vent and undertail coverts help, because that is all I got of the bird in other pics.
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Old Friday 8th February 2013, 20:26   #7
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I'd expect 2 is 'anianiau. On my island at least, a bright yellow male 'amakihi should also have dark black lores and a dark bill that really offset the bright yellow breeding plumage. I have no experience with 'anianiau, but that bird pretty much matches the offerings on google images.
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Old Saturday 9th February 2013, 03:00   #8
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I'm willing to accept #2 as an Anianiau.

Went back today and got pics of a definite Kauai Amakihi, more Anianiau, and best of all, an Iiwi!
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Wow, Iiw'i are getting uncommon on Kaua'i, glad to hear they are still around!
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Yeah, it was by far the highlight of the day. It was probably about 25-30 yards away and I managed about 3 marginal pictures rapid fire before it flew after sitting for only about 3 seconds. Pure luck, but I'll take it.
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