Questions regarding Fiji birds

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Subject: Questions regarding Fiji birds
From: "The Bugtusslebunch" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 18:22:03 +1000
Hi Mike

Dick Watling's guide sounds like the way to go, thanks. Yes, I am an SDA and
am off to the SDA youth congress, cant wait!! I think it will be fairly full
on, so I don't suppose I'll get heaps of time to go looking for our avian
friends, but just in case I do I'd like to be armed! No doubt I'll be the
only one there with binos permanently around my neck!! :-)

Thanks again

Nina   :-)

Dear Nina

The best book available for Fiji and the rest of Polynesia is Watling, Dick,
A guide to the Birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia.  It was produced by
Sprep in Samoa and I am sure Andrew Isles could sell it to you over the
internet.  Dick lives in Fiji still and would be a good contact for where to

It is 30 years since I worked at Fulton College though I went back twice in
the 1980's to do research on swiftlets.  I can tell you some interesting
places but I do not know if you can still get to them or how you would get
there.  The Fiji Museum used to put out a cheap book just on the birds of
Fiji by Fergus Clunie.  But he has also left Fiji (at the time of the

I presume you are an SDA and going to the SDA youth congress?

All the best

Dr Mike Tarburton
Dean: School of Science and Technology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB, Boroko
Papua New Guinea

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