|Subject:||Weekend in Samoa|
|From:||Charles Hunter <>|
|Date:||Fri, 10 Jun 2005 18:39:43 +1000 (EST)|
During the wedding celebrations on Saturday, Sunday and on Monday morning before flying home I managed to do some birding. The following were observed:
Blue-crowned lorikeet (Vini australis): 3 seen
White-rumped swiflet (Collocalia spodiopygius spodiopygius): several observed flying around lagoon.
Wattled honeyeater (Foulehaio carunculata): 3 seen
Cardinal honeyeater (Myzomela cardinalis): serveral seen
Samoan starling (Aplonis atrfusca): endemic, 1 seen
Flat-billed kingfisher (Halcyon recurvirostris): several seen
Samoan fantail (Rhipidura nebulosa): endemic, several seen
Polynesian triller (Lalage maculosa): several seen
Buff-banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis): 40+ seen, many on or along road sides. Locals referred to these birds as ?road runners?.
Shore birds seen:
Wandering tattler (Heteroscelus icana): 1 seen
Pacific reef heron (Egretta sacra).Several grey morphs seen. Referred to by us as Eastern reef egret which I have previously seen both white and grey morphs on Heron island.
Jungle myna (Acridotheres fuscus): 3 seen
Common myna (Acridotheres tristis): several seen
Red-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer): 40+ of these birds seen which are apparently causing chaos for the native birds. They are more common than Indian Myna?s in
I heard but did not see any of the regions pigeons or doves such as the unique looking Tooth-billed pigeon which is unfortunately in danger of extension. I didn?t make it into the mountain rainforest to look for these and other birds such as Samoan triller and Samoan white-eye.
Other birds where seen but not identifiable.
I left to fly back home at 10.30am Monday 30th May arriving home at 6.00pm on Tuesday 31st May.
Going out to watch the rugby test against Samoa tomorrow now has a little more meaning!
Kings Cross, Sydney
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