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This is Pieter de Groot Boersma's last news feed from his big trip! He travelled extensively from August 2014 to August 2015, covering a whopping 47,000 km by car alone, excluding the travels made by bus throughout New Zealand in November 2014. He hopes that people have enjoyed his videos, which he started uploading to the IBC in September 2015 until June 2016, never missing a day! The news feeds grew over the months, from just a line per species to extensive background information per species. We at the IBC hope other contributors will follow his example when uploading exciting material in the future! Many thanks, Pieter!
Pieter de Groot Boersma's grand end to its big trip involved its trip to New Caledonia, a much anticipated visit. Here part two of this journey, part 1 of his visit to Grande Terre.
Grande Terre, New Caledonia's main island. This island is approximately 350 km long and, along most of its length, 30-50 km wide. This island, and some of its satelites, is the only Pacific Island (or nearly so?) which is essentially a mountain rising from the sea. It belongs to the former continent Zealandia (before part of Gondwana) which now mostly lies underwater. Therefore, many ancient lineages still occur on the island, most famously being the endemic flora.
Pieter de Groot Boersma concluded his big trip in New Caledonia, home of 23 endemic species of birds (of which three are feared extinct) and, formerly, many extinct birds after colonisation by man. A dream come true, he remembers looking at species like Kagu, Cloven-feathered Dove, Horned Parakeet and Crow Honeyeater in the HBW series thinking "not in this lifetime". Never say never...
We are happy to share the first videos of Baudo Guan on the IBC! Up until now, few images had been achieved of this species, but this seems to be changing as more localities for it are being discovered. In the past, it was considered a subspecies of Penelope montagnii, but, despite their ranges being contiguous, with overlap in W Ecuador and possibly also in SW Colombia, there is no trace of intergradation. This specific bird was filmed at CVC Yatacué Camp, in Farallones de Cali National Park, by Josep del Hoyo on a trip to Colombia.
An adult bird taking care of its plumage and looking around in a tree.
Central Arnhem Road, a 663 km long road which runs through remote Arnhem Land in the NE of the Top End, which is mostly owned by Aboriginal tribes. From a certain length it's required to have a permit to drive the full length of the road. Arnhem is a city in the Netherlands. It is widely believed that the Dutch were the first European explorers on the continent, in 1606:
Pine Creek, a small town on the Stuart Highway, 90 km north of Katherine (which is the town where three main highways come together from the north, east and west) and 226 km south of Darwin. The towns ofers the best chance to find the following species:
Policeman's Point, Timber Creek. A lookout 2 km from the turn-off from the Victoria Highway, about 4 km NW of Timber Creek in the Northern Territory. This lookout provides a nice lookout over the Victoria River. A side track in between the Victoria Highway and the lookout itself leads to a reed fringed shore which can be very good for several species of waxbill and mannikins. I've also encountered a foraging party of around seven Purple-crowned Fairy-wren at this location:
Stuart Highway, a 2800 km long highway that connects Port Augusta in Southern Australia with Darwin in N Northern Territory. These species were seen during roadside stops:
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