Birdwatching is easy in Samoa and accessing the birding forest is not a problem for bird tourists. We recommend more than an overnight with us in the comfort of a proper forest habitat setting with the best sceneries and great views of a birdy primary forest valley all the way to the sea beyond the town of Apia. This way, you will have a great chance of spotting many of endemic and other interesting land birds of Samoa.
Our wide verandas offer best observation with a telescope and bird photography throughout the day, the best time being late afternoon between 4 and 7 pm. Scanning the valley below and sky between the lodge and the coast is another experience. Towards sunset, dove, pigeon and starling traffic is often busy when mixed with thousands of ‘flying-foxes’ by sunset. Pacific Pigeons, Purple-capped and Many-colored (the most numerous species) Fruit-Pigeons give great views any time of the day. Flat-billed Kingfishers have their own territory in the lodge yard, often visited by Samoan Flycatchers. The treetops showcase Samoan Fantails, Samoan Whistlers, Polynesian and Samoan Trillers. Numerous Samoan Starlings and Cardinal Myzomelas are also seen from the veranda. Mao, an endangered endemic bird, is also observed. Samoan Wattled Honeyeaters are almost as common as the Samoan Starlings and one to five Polynesian Starlings are seen every day. Blue-crowned Lorikeets are uncommon but regularly seen flying by, or resting in trees. Red-headed Parrot-finches are relatively difficult to observe. The only Island Thrush, Samoan subspecies and therefore a theoretical future split, is also seen by the road side. Black Noddies are regular over the forested valley, far inland, with a couple of dozen White Terns visible most of the time, together with several White-tailed Tropic birds. An Australian Barn Owl is also spotted mainly at night. The species apparently is common on Upolu and driving around the rural roads at night is one way to locate it. All in all, the lodge has almost all the target species and would be a great spot to observe the endangered beautiful Tooth-billed Pigeon, if it still exists so close to Apia.
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