Re: Lynda Chambers Fiji Holiday

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Subject: Re: Lynda Chambers Fiji Holiday
From: Kerrin Tarburton <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 18:17:42 +1100
Lyna Wrote:

I will be holidaying in Fiji toward the end of the year
and would appreciate any information on good birding sites
on Vita Levu and Taveuni.  Are there any good field guides
for the region?


Lynda Chambers
Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre
Street Address: 150 Lonsdale Street MELBOURNE   Vic  3001
Postal Address: GPO 1289k MELBOURNE  Vic 3001
Phone : +613 9669 4784   Fax : +613 9669 4660
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Dear Lynda

It is more than 20 years since we lived in Fiji, but I have not seen any 
responses to your request so here is a little that I hope will be a help. 
 I have been back for two two-month visits in the eighties.

On Viti Levu

the bush around Joske's Thumb about 20 km wet of Suva has a good range of 
bush birds, including the Pink-billed Parrot Finch.

You will see White-rumped Swiftlets everywhere, but if you want to locate a 
breeding cave 12 miles from Suva I can give directions.

The Highland forests around Nadarivatu in the mid north of Viti-levu is a 
cooler spot which proved a good location for mistnetting even more species 
than near Joske's Thumb.

If you want to see waders the sand bars around the mouth of the Rewa River 
are a good spot, but you need to hire a small boat to get there.

The Fiji Warbler is patchy in its distribution, but we used to find it on 
the campus of Fulton College on Kings Road near Korovou.

The National Park near Suva has some birds.

The Pacific Swallow is more common on the West side of Viti Levu, but you 
used to be able to see it at the first big bridge just west of Suva.

You can also find Black-naped Terns breeding on the little inshore islets 
called Vatu Lami, just out from Korovou.

Some of the endemics are found only on the smaller islands such as Kadavu, 
Ono, etc.

Seabirds are best on Vatu-i-Ra (half way between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu), 
and Mabulau, (not far from Suva).  At night many seabirds sleep on these 
islands, and if it is during the breeding season (which is two months 
earlier each year) there will be plenty there during the day.

On Taveuni:
 you will find the Australian Magpie, and a few that are more interesting, 
but I found the smaller islands just to the east of Taveuni, were more 
likely to have the Fiji Peregrine, and White-tailed Tropicbird.

If you can get out to Vanua Balavu, Cikobia-i-Lau and Sovu, you can find 
breeding seabirds on the wooded islands (Red-footed Boobies, WTTB) and on 
the sand bars (Sooty Terns, White-naped Terns, Crested Terns, Masked & 
Brown Boobies, and Bridled Terns)

Field Guides:
Mercer, R. 1966. A Field Guide To Fiji Birds. Suva.  Unavailable for a long 
Clunie, Fergus, 1984.   The Bush Birds of Fiji, Fiji Museum. I am not sure 
whether this one is still available.
Watling, D. 1982. Birds of Fiji, Tonga, & Samoa. Millwood Press, 
Wellington.  But also available from Andrew Isles.

Hope this is of some help

Mike Tarburton
Pacific Adventist University
PMB Boroko
Papua New Guinea.

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