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:
Some of the following info came from Mark Carter, the best available bird guide for the Red Centre. Mark also specialises in guiding expeditions into the Outback where he has a very high succes rate in finding the legendary Princess Parrot and Rufous-crowned Emu-wren, among other things. These species are two of only a few species I've missed during my year. Thanks Mark!
Pieter de Groot Boersma has uploaded his next batch of video highlights from his big trip, driving all the way from Melbourne in Victoria towards the famous Birdsville Track in E South Australia. Many of the following species were seen after tips from Peter Waanders, an excellent Dutch born Australian birdguide which founded Bellbird Birding Tours (formerly known as Southern Birding Services). Due to its excellent expertise many visitors to Australia are being treated with rare sightings of many species throughout the country (and recently also in Malaysia). I repaid his tips with up-to-date information on the locations visited. Thanks Peter!
Undisclosed site near Hobart, Tasmania. I spent a small week at a family from Dutch born Australian biologist Els Wakefield. Els also helpt both Noah Strycker and just recently fellow Dutch birder Arjan Dwarshuis on their Big Years. I spent quite a few hours snorkelling with her son. A massive personal highlight were my first ever seahorses of my life, namely the massive Big-belly Seahorse! Els took me to a few spots near Hobart to look for birds, including this a site where the following species were filmed: