This stunning image of the endangered Kagu was taken by Aaron Russ of Heritage Expeditions in the forests of Riviere Bleue Park on the Pacific Island of New Caledonia. The Kagu is the sole member of the family Rhynochetidae and therefore a high priority species for those intrepid birders seeking to experience our planet’s birds by targeting each family of birds. The Sunbittern, remarkably enough, is believed to be the closest living relative of the near flightless Kagu. The Kagu, and a myriad of other endemic island birds and some of the world’s rarest seabirds can be observed on the latest addition to our portfolio, the unique Western Pacific Odyssey.
This remarkable 31-day cruise, starting in New Zealand and ending in Japan, visits a variety of remote islands including the Norfolks, four of the Solomon Islands, Truk and Mijake-jima. Seabird targets include New Zealand Storm Petrel, Short-tailed Albatross and numerous petrels and shearwaters including the recently rediscovered Beck’s Petrel. Please visit our website or email us for more details of this must-do birding adventure!