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To: LanceTanino
Of: Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaii, USA
Available: Anytime
Language: English

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Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaii, USA

Available: Anytime
Language: English

I provide private customized birding trips primarily on the west side of Hawaii Island (Big Island).

On a full-day outing we could see between 25 and 40+ species ranging from forest, grassland, urban, wetland, and coastal bird species.

We may also be able to arrange a pelagic sea birding trip out of Kona with enough advanced notice.

I grew up on the island of Oahu in the town of Kaneohe. I have been birding for over 30 years.

I am also very familiar leading birding trips to Maui, Oahu, and Kauai. Recently, I led week-long birding trips (Kauai and Hawaii Islands) for Road Scholars.

As a volunteer, I am the Hawaiian Islands Regional Editor for North American Birds journal publication (American Birding Association), Regional Editor for eBird's Hawaiian Islands and U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, Editor of the 8th Edition of Hawaii's Birds (Hawaii Audubon Society guide book).

Area and hotspots
West Hawaii, between Waimea (Kamuela) and Kona, Kona Coast

Local birds
Apapane, Hawaii Amakihi, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Hawaiian Short-eared Owl, Black Francolin, Gray Francolin

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