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Birding Kadavu and Nadi in Fiji

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As introductions to tropical Pacific birding go, you could do a lot worse than Fiji. It was just such a layover that landed me in Fiji a few years ago. As myself and some other stranded Kadavu-bound travellers sat watching the grey clouds over the sea with a beer or two I also managed to find a tiny Fiji Parrotfinch in the grasses.

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Catching a stray lone dog

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Hi all, I am currently in Fiji and there is a lone male stray dog who has been really getting attacked by other male dogs in the area due to a female stray dog being in heat. He was fine a few days ago when I arrived at our hotel, and over the past few days has gotten attacked by other males relentlessly.

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Armchair Splits in the Pacific

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I’ve written before about how the Collared Kingfisher is a million splits waiting to happen (not happened yet), and the golden whistlers of the Pacific have been split now (giving me on from Fiji, one in Australia and one in Vanuatu), but I hadn’t really expected the Wattled Honeyeater to be a split. Photo from ‘Eua, Tonga.

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Bristle-thighed Curlew

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You can encounter them from Hawaii across to French Polynesia and Fiji. Whereas the Whimbrel winters across the coasts of southern North America and is a very familiar sight there, Bristle-thighed Curlews migrate over vast distances across the Pacific Ocean to specifically winter on tropical islands.

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Diving New Zealand – Goat Island

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Diving has taken me to places like Belize, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Egypt, places that coincidentally are fun to bird. For some it allows you to boast about the amazing locations, and for some it simply scratches that itch to invest heavily in gear. Kina, or Sea Urchin. I was a diver before I was a birder.

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History repeating itself

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The two endemic species found in Tonga are not found in these islands, and the other species present are also found on more traditional destinations of Fiji and Samoa. I wasn’t there for birding per se, just a chance to get away from New Zealand’s winter in a sunny tropical island.

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Lords of the Forest

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It should actually be the New Zealand kauri, as the genus is found from Borneo to Fiji and down to New Zealand. Some of these are found throughout the country, but the most impressive species is found in the north of the island, around the Coromandel and in Northland. This is the kauri , Agathis austalis , the largest tree in New Zealand.