Thursday, 29 December 2022
Tuesday, 27 December 2022
Sunday, 25 December 2022
Thursday, 22 December 2022
Tuesday, 20 December 2022
Keith has produced some videos of our West Papua trip.
West Papua September
This film is from an expedition with Wise Birding
Holidays to West Papua in September 2022.
Part 1 starts with a boat trip around Jakarta Bay, as we
had a day on Java before flying to West Papua. It then covers the lowland
forest of Nimbokrang and the start of our period in the Arfak Mountains.
These are the sites and order that the birds appear
Lesser Sand Plover
Great White Egret
Little Black Cormorant
Christmas Island Frigatebird
Great Crested Tern
Common Tern (ssp longipennis)
Small Blue Kingfisher
Journey from Jayapura to Nimbokrang
Lesser Black Coucal
A bug where the male protects their female
Damselflies and Dragonflies
Red-cheeked Parrot female
Part 2 continues our time in the Arfak Mountains,
including the hike up to German Camp, then continues to the lowland forest at
Black Sicklebill female
Western Parotia including an immature dancing
Regent Whistler female
Song of Lesser Ground-robin
Black Cicadabird female
The final part of the film covers Waigeo Island and the
ferry trip there and back.
Ferry to Waigeo
Fruit Bats leaving their roost
Short-finned Pilot Whale
Sunday, 18 December 2022
It's been down to minus 10 here at the Old Vic during the week with temperatures below freezing for several days. Surprisingly not that much impact on the birds (as far as I know not that much in the way of vis mig i.e just the odd Golden Plover at Beddington). Perhaps as it's December (relatively early for hard weather movements) and also due to the surprising lack of wind, birds overall seem to have either gone over high (its been clear skies) or held their ground somewhat.
A couple of small groups of Lapwing and an increase in the approachability of winter thrushes was all I noticed in the garden.