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Biding Tour New Caledonia 2017



This tour visits Grande Terre, New Caledonia, and focuses on the many exciting endemic birds found across the island.

Grande Terre is part of an ancient archipelago of Gondwanan (continental) origin. Most of the island is covered in tropical evergreen forest in the higher elevations, while savanna and maquis dominate the lower elevations. Most famous for being the home of the unique Kagu, Grande Terre hosts a total of 18 island endemics as well as about a dozen more Melanesian endemics. We will spend time at the following areas: Parc de la Rivière Bleue, Mt Koghi, and La Farino reserve. The prime target will be finding the endemic star bird of New Caledonia, the charismatic Kagu.

Most endemics found on Grande Terre should be encountered during the time we have, and these include White-bellied Goshawk, Kagu, Cloven-feathered Dove, Goliath Imperial Pigeon, Horned Parakeet, New Caledonian Parakeet, New Caledonian Myzomela, Barred Honeyeater, Crow Honeyeater, New Caledonian Friarbird, New Caledonian Whistler, New Caledonian Crow, New Caledonian Cuckooshrike, Yellow-bellied Flyrobin, New Caledonian Thicketbird, Green-backed White-eye, Striated Starling, and Red-throated Parrotfinch.

This tour can be combined with our preceding Birding Tour Australia: the Southwest 2017 (29 November – 7 December) and, if desired, also with our Birding Tour West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition 2017 (16 November – 27 November), preceding the Australia tour.

Duration: 6 days

Limit (Group Size): 1 - 8

Date Start: December 09, 2017

Date End: December 14, 2017

Tour Start: Nouméa

Tour End: Nouméa

Price: US$2,785 per person based on 5-8 participants sharing, US$2,995 per person based on 4 participants sharing, US$4,315 per person based on 2-3 participants sharing, US$6,575 per person based on 1 participant

Single Supplement: US$1,055

Price includes:
Expert professional guiding fees
All meals (from evening meal on day 1 through lunch on day 6)
Accommodation
Entrance fees to parks and reserves
All land-based transport while on tour
Tolls
Price excludes:
International flights to and from Nouméa
Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts, phone-calls, laundry, internet access etc.
All drinks
Personal insurance
Gratuities

Kagu - birding tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa

Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2018

Duration: 19 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 25, 2018
Date End: October 13, 2018
Price: US$7,242 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$8,372 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants
Details: Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative beca

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Kagu - birding tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa

Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2018

Duration: 19 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 25, 2018
Date End: October 13, 2018
Price: US$7,242 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$8,372 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants
Details: Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative beca

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Kagu - birding tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa

Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2018

Duration: 19 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Date Start: September 25, 2018
Date End: October 13, 2018
Price: US$7,242 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$8,372 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants
Details: Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative beca

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Kagu - birding tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa

Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2017

Duration: 19 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Spaces Available: 5
Date Start: September 25, 2017
Date End: October 13, 2017
Price: US$6,584 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$7,611 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants
Details: Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative beca

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Kagu - birding tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa

Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa 2017

Duration: 19 days
Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8
Spaces Available: 5
Date Start: September 25, 2017
Date End: October 13, 2017
Price: US$6,584 per person sharing for 6 - 8 participants, US$7,611 per person sharing for 4 - 5 participants
Details: Our Birding Tour New Caledonia, Fiji, and Samoa starts in Nouméa, New Caledonia, and concludes in Apia, Samoa. The tour duration is 19 days. Please note that the tour dates are merely indicative beca

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Bo Beolens of Fatbirder put me onto Chris Lotz of Birding Ecotours originally. What a favour he did me. Not only is Chris an excellent birder, but he goes out of his way to be really helpful. I and my partner settled on Namibia with Birding Ecotours as our next trip, and as we were in Jo`burg visiting friends a few days before the trip, I asked Chris if he could also arrange for me to see Flufftails in the gap available. The hub of Birding Ecotours couldn`t have been more delightful to deal with. Not only did he get very excited by this challenge, but took it upon himself to do our guiding. He found an equally enthusiastic birder, Kevin, to join the trip and off we set for the Dullstroom area, where there was a Striped Flufftail guide, all revved up and ready to go except it was miserable weather. Never mind, a quick re-calculation and we descended down to Nelspruit Botanic Garden and sunshine, and spent half a day revelling in Sth. African birds. Then we ascended and went lark and pipit hunting which Chris found by call. He also found us an Oribi which was stunning, we were so close. Chris and his guide worked extremely hard the next day, trying to call out a flufftail . We could hear them but the thick vegetation prevented any views of them. After doing a circuit of the whole area, Chris and the guide doing more, as they were going up and down the hill , we were losing heart. Luck returned as Chris planted us by a carefully placed mp3 playing flufftail, and a narrow trodden path into the bracken. We waited as the sound of another flufftail got closer. I could hear Kevin hyperventilating as he suddenly found himself looking at a full frontal view of a male Striped Flufftail. As I was at a slightly different angle, I couldn`t see this marvellous apparition, but found myself breathing hard in anticipation when, from behind the clump of grass I was straining to see through, a female suddenly leapt across the gap like a frog, so fast that all I got was a view of the back and tail! No wonder they are a difficult bird to get to grips with but I would recommend this sort of diversion to anyone. I wouldn`t have climbed the hill after the Cape Eagle Owl if it wasn`t for Chris`s infectious enthusiasm either, and we were sorry to see both of them go; they had been so easy to get on with, both entertaining and amusing We flew to Walvis Bay a few days later to meet Steve Braine, our leader for the Namibia trip, and the rest of the participants. We found that Steve was a born and bred Namibian and knew the country like the back of his hand. He knew exactly where everything was, and if he didn’t, he had a hot-line to somebody who did. Fortunately the rest of the group were a relaxed bunch and very talkative and entertaining, and soon Steve had everyone fixated on birds. Steve and his bird knowledge is fearsome. He worked tirelessly, always on the go arranging the next highlight, repeating things if he thought anybody had missed out. He knows all the mammals, all the reptiles, loves scorpions and even dabbles with Lepidoptera. We were all beginning to think he was some kind of magician a week into the trip. There are sights on this trip you will never forget. For me, even the sight of a line of larks, all squashed together along a 1 inch wide line of shade under a notice board was spectacular. The plumage of desert birds looking like ink etchings: I could go on. Steve is an extremely good leader and I for one am grateful for his excellent birding skills and tireless driving.

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