Feb 25, 2016

Fiji - Bird Watching,Resources for Bird Watching by the Fat Birder

Long-legged Warbler Trichocichla rufa
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Kadavu with an area of 411 square kilometers, is the fourth largest island in Fiji, and the largest island in the Kadavu Group, a volcanic archipelago consisting of Kadavu, Ono, Galoa and a number of smaller islands in the Great Astrolabe Reef.

It is a tropical bird watcher's dream come true! 
No 3 day hike or drive into a jungle to catch a glimpse of a bird, most of the native life flyaround the island and the resorts all day and night!


Kadavu has the additional attraction of the 4 endemic species found only on Kadavu and these species, like the Kadavu musk parrot, can all be seen on the grounds of most resorts.



Fiji - Bird Watching,Resources for Bird Watching by the Fat Birder



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Jan 30, 2016

Birding in Fiji

Fiji, compared to other South Pacific nations such as New Guinea, lacks a diversity of avian life but there are enough interesting and sometimes spectacular looking birds to attract visitors from throughout the world.

In all, there are about 80 species of terrestrial and freshwater birds of which about 10 have been introduced.


They are distributed throughout the islands but those interested in sampling an array bird should consider visiting three islands: Viti Levu (which has 56 of the 81 known species found in the group), Kadavu, and the Garden Island of Taveuni.


In general, the larger islands tend to be more ecologically intact and the bigger birds—notably the parrots and pigeons—are easily seen.


Full story here: http://fijiguide.com/page/bird-watching

Jan 29, 2016

Pacific Birds - is the website of Dick Watling, Pacific naturalist, author and environment consultant

Pacific Birds is the website of Dick Watling, Pacific naturalist, author and environment consultant.
Pacific Birds provides details on and ordering information for Dick Watling’s and other publications on the birds and wildlife of Fiji and neighbouring countries of Samoa,American SamoaTonga, Niue, Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Wallis & Futuna.
Pacific Birds provides the latest checklists for Pacific Island countries.
Pacific Birds provides links to other Pacific bird websites, conservation groups and consultancy services.




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Pacific Birds - Dick Watling's Website

Jan 4, 2016

Sculptures of life-sized species - NatureFiji-MareqetiViti


ANNE O'Brien presented NatureFiji-MareqetiViti with several life-sized models of Fijis endangered species made from 100 per cent recycled materials before her departure to Scotland.
Ms OBrien, who was attached with Nature Fiji since August last year, is part of an animal sanctuary in Britain called Anniemals.
She creates realistic, life-sized sculptures and puppets of creatures using recycled fabrics from various sources. She sculptured 20 life-sized models of Fijian birds, bats, sharks, turtles and insects using masi (tapa), blankets and old clothes.
This is a unique combination, models of Fijian animals made out of 100 per cent recycled Fijian materials, said NatureFiji-MareqetiVitis conservation co-ordinator Nunia Thomas.
These models are a special gift and we are very grateful to Anne for volunteering to do this for us.
She has done her research, and we are very impressed with what she has created.
Ms OBrien offered to create the models for NatureFiji-MareqetiViti in early 2012 when she heard that they were receiving requests from schools and the general public for demonstrations with children but were unable to do so because there were no readily available models of Fijian species in Fiji.
It is very difficult to find authentic Fijian toys and animal models in Fijis shops even in tourist shops.
Most of the animal models we find are foreign animals that have the words Bula Fiji on them.
This is a sad reality considering the fact that we get many tourists who are interested in Fijis wildlife.
Our main objective from the very start has always been to engage Fijis children in active conservation action.
These models are our stepping stone towards that dream, said Ms Thomas.

Sculptures of life-sized species

Dec 28, 2015

PACIFIC BIRDS Habitat Joint Venture

Great site for migratory birds on the other side of Pacific!

PACIFIC BIRDS HABITAT JOINT VENTURE (Pacific Birds) is an international partnership between the U.S. and Canada committed to conserving crucial habitats for migratory birds.

We have been advancing avian habitat conservation since our origins in 1991.



Pacific Birds is making renewed efforts to meet the enormous conservation challenges we all face.

We are also working with partners to create new opportunities to achieve conservation on a flyway scale, from Northern California to Hawaii to Alaska.

Please dive in and learn more about our efforts, our partners and most importantly, the birds.

We are a partnership driven organization that thrives on engagement, input and collaboration.

We would like to know what you need to be more successful, to be more regionally focused, and to communicate and connect more.

Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture was formerly called Pacific Coast Joint Venture.


PACIFIC BIRDS Habitat Joint Venture | Creating the ideal environment for bird habitat conservation.

Mar 2, 2013

Birding in Fiji

Fiji, compared to other South Pacific nations such as New Guinea, lacks a diversity of avian life but there are enough interesting and sometimes spectacular looking birds to attract visitors from throughout the world. In all, there are about 80 species of terrestrial and freshwater birds of which about 10 have been introduced. They are distributed throughout the islands but those interested in sampling an array bird should consider visiting three islands: Viti Levu (which has 56 of the 81 known species found in the group), Kadavu, and the Garden Island of Taveuni. In general, the larger islands tend to be more ecologically intact and the bigger birds—notably the parrots and pigeons—are easily seen.
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Jan 3, 2013

Fiji Pelagic Trips - May - September 2012 — Fiji Bird Watching


Fiji Pelagic Trips – May – September 2012

While living in Fiji (May-September 2012), I did several “pelagic” trips.
These involved riding on scheduled ferry trips or on chartered fishing trips.
There is limited information (almost none) on pelagic birding in Fiji.
Thus, I have compiled the data I gathered to help someone trying to see pelagic species in Fiji.

Trips

June 25: Suva to Gau Ferry with Consort Shipping
June 30: Fishing trip south of Pacific Harbor with Freedive Fiji
July 23: Suva to Gau Ferry with Consort Shipping
August 13-14: Suva to Taveuni Ferry with Goundar Shipping
August 24: Kadavu to Suva Ferry with Goundar Shipping