NEW CALEDONIA   -   JULY 2007

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The best reason to visit New Caledonia can be summed up in one word: KAGU. This unique, monotypic family is endemic to the island, and is so cool that it is well worth a visit just to see it. Fortunately they are quite easy to see at their stronghold in Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue. I added this on at the end of my trip to PNG, and spent about five nights. That was plenty of time to see virtually all the endemics of the island, and it is such an expensive place to visit that I wouldn't really have wanted to stay much longer. Here's a collection of my best photos from the short trip.


Kagu - Rhynochetos jubatus
Kagu
Rhynochetos jubatus
(S4)


Kagu - Rhynochetos jubatus
Kagu
Rhynochetos jubatus
(D3)


Metallic Pigeon - Columba vitiensis
Metallic Pigeon
Columba vitiensis
(D3)


Horned Parakeet - Eunymphicus cornutus
Horned Parakeet
Eunymphicus cornutus
(S4)


Dark-brown Honeyeater - Lichmera incana
Dark-brown Honeyeater
Lichmera incana
(S4)


South Melanesian Cuckooshrike - Coracina caledonica
South Melanesian Cuckooshrike
Coracina caledonica caledonica
(D3)


New Caledonian Crow - Corvus moneduloides
New Caledonian Crow
Corvus moneduloides
(S4)


Southern Shrikebill - Clytorhynchus pachycephaloides
Southern Shrikebill
Clytorhynchus pachycephaloides
(S4)


Gray Fantail - Rhipidura albiscapa
Gray Fantail
Rhipidura albiscapa
(S4)


Yellow-bellied Robin - Eopsaltria flaviventris
Yellow-bellied Robin
Eopsaltria flaviventris
(S4)


New Caledonian Whistler - Pachycephala caledonica
New Caledonian Whistler
Pachycephala caledonica
(S4)


Green-backed White-eye - Zosterops xanthochroa
Green-backed White-eye
Zosterops xanthochroa
(S4)


Straited Starling - Aplonis striata
Striated Starling
Aplonis striata
(S4)
















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