Thursday, 15 December 2016

New Caledonia - KAGU

Sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of months I've been rather busy! So over the next few weeks I'll do some blog posts on my birding in New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, Australia.

My New Caledonia trip was a tour for Birding Ecotours. The trip report can be found here: When on the New Caledonia page click 'view' for text only, or click 'download' to see report with photos. 

One of the main reasons birders want to go to New Caledonia is to look for the Endangered Kagu - a strange-looking, flightless bird with a long shaggy crest, belonging to a monospecific family. The Kagu also makes some interesting vocalizations, some sounding like a barking dog, ironic as feral dogs, along with cats and rats are a real threat to this species through predation.

Despite being rare and Endangered I got multiple, really great views of this species. It was fascinating watching it feed by moving huge fallen tree branches to collect grubs. Sometimes they would just freeze on seeing you, but other times it would walk right up to you and carry on their way.

The 2017 New Caledonia Tour Itinerary (including Fiji and Samoa) can be found here.

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