Saturday, 18 November 2017

New Caledonia (cont)

Our second day in New Caledonia saw us driving a few hours across the island to Parc des Grande Fugieres and our quest to mop up on the remaining endemics. It took a bit of finding but eventually we did and set out on the trails, taking a random route in high hopes more than due to careful planning! The best bird we had to start with was this stunning and very confiding White-bellied Goshawk...





White-bellied Goshawk

I enjoyed spending some time photographing this stunning endemic.

Moving on we headed lower down the trails and saw a bunch of other endemics we'd already seen. I'd already given up on the thicketbird so we concentrated on Cloven-feathered Dove. Well, we walked a long time and had some reasonable views in the forest but nothing too great. A Melanesian Cuckooshrike was a catch up bird from yesterday....

Melanesian Cuckooshrike

We also had much better views of Red-throated Parrotfinch and Melanesian Flycatcher.....


Melanesian Flycatcher

With the day getting very hot we decided to start heading back to Noumea, but a random stop just outside the park resulted in some very nice views of Cloven-feathered Dove...


Cloven-feathered Dove - oh yes!

And that was our birding finished as we are flying back to Sydney tomorrow and heading out on a pelagic...

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