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    Fody on Reunion

    See attached image of a fody, taken on Reunion in January 2019. I presume this is a Madagascar fody; but the neatly demarcated breast band and brown belly is not what I expect to see on a Madagascar fody. Can someone please help explain the plumage?
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    Mauritius in may

    I was there in January this year. Three main areas should provide a chance for all remaining endemics. 1. Black River Gorges NP accessed from Petrin. I followed the Macchabee and Colphanes Trails and had good luck with echo parakeet and Mauritius cuckooshrike. Also Mauritius bulbul, grey...
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    48 hours in Durban from 4 January 2019

    Thanks for the information. I decided to stay close to the city and search out one of the large barn swallow roosts. Tried Mount Moreland this evening but it was not in large scale use. Where are the >1million swallows roosting if not there. Any advice welcome for tomorrow.
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    48 hours in Durban from 4 January 2019

    Any top tips for local species/good birding within a one day drive from Durban most welcome. Possible Gurney's sugarbird sites or other local specialities? Thanks in advance.
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    Unprecedented wagtail roosts in Singapore

    In the past month two wagtail roosts have been located in densely urbanised parts of Singapore. Initial accounts suggest that this behaviour has not been recorded in these locations before, and maybe never before in Singapore. The main species involved is grey wagtail. Numbers are in the low...
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    Little or least terns on rafts?

    Can anyone here share information regarding the use, or non-use, of rafts by little or least terns for breeding? Other tern species will use rafts, but do little and least? Thanks. Richard
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    RFI about New Caledonia

    Can I refer you to this thread: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=336211&highlight=new+caledonia Regards, Richard
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    New Caledonia suggestions - February 2017

    Back from a successful trip - all bar the thicketbird and did not go to Loyalty Islands. I rented a car and camped. Five full days of birding, mainly Park Riviere Bleu with stop at Mount Koghi and Parc des Grands Fougeres. Please feel free to send me a personal message if you have any questions.
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    New Caledonia suggestions - February 2017

    Thank you all for the information - looking forward to putting it into action.
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    New Caledonia suggestions - February 2017

    I will have the chance of a short (4 or 5 days) layover in New Caledonia in February 2017 - my first visit. I would welcome advice on how best to manage the limited time I have to maximise birding options. Priorities would be to focus on endemic landbirds with kagu as the obvious #1 target...
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    Common moorhen - Singapore

    Hi, Several common moorhens have been seen at Kranji Marshes in Singapore recently. The species is not easy to find in Singapore, so they have attracted some local interest. One of the birds has an unusual colouration to the bill - see attached image - taken yesterday 3 April. I would be...
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    Ascension frigatebird news

    Another year and another season for the frigatebirds on the mainland of Ascensiion. The remarkable success story continues: https://www.facebook.com/AscensionIslandConservation/?fref=photo To summarise: After feral cats were introduced to the island, there were no mainland nesting attempts in...
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    Is avian taxonomy still dependent on ongoing specimen collection?

    I am not fundamentally opposed to collecting or hunting. But to me there is something disingenuous about an article from the AMNH that promotes the re-discovery of this beautiful bird and shows images of a bright-eyed immaculate male, but does not even mention the fact that the bird was...
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    Ascension frigatebird news

    Following on from recent re-colonization of mainland Ascension, the frigatebird population continues to increase. See the Ascension Island Conservation page on Facebook for more information. https://www.facebook.com/AscensionIslandConservation?fref=ts The link above may work?
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    Singapore escapee ID please

    Hi. This black finch like bird has been puzzling observers in Singapore recently. It is not a local, and as an obvious escapee, where to start? I have not been to see the bird myself and am sharing images from those who have. Please respect that these are their images. The bird is reported to...
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    Good news from Ascension Island

    Following the successful eradication of feral cats from Ascension (completed 2006), several seabird species have been moving back onto the mainland. A recent count suggests there are now 1,500 pairs of masked booby breeding on the mainland where there were none 15 years ago. While the size of...
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    Hookpod development - albatross conservation

    Hookpod development Hi all, Just back after a month at sea in the North Pacific. Very happy to see a successful outcome to the appeal. I will try to keep posting to this thread as the project moves ahead. Many thanks. Richard White
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    Hookpod development - albatross conservation

    Hi, Many thanks for the opportunity to share this information through Birdforum. I would like to make it clear I have no financial interest in this company, my only interest here is in seabird and marine conservation. One exciting development in the ongoing campaign to prevent albatross...
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    Blackish or Roraiman Nightjar - Guyana

    Hi, During a recent trip to Guyana a pair of nightjars was encountered during the day on a rocky hillside/cliff near Surama. The male was seen briefly and flew off showing more extensive white in the primaries than would be expected on a blackish nightjar. The female remained in the area and...
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    Long-tailed Skua migration and wintering areas

    Interesting, although the authors also managed to gloss over the presence of long-tailed skuas in the non-breeding season off the east coast of South America: Veit, R.R. 1985. Long-tailed jaegers wintering along the Falkland Currrent. American Birds 39: 873-878...