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THE BIGGEST TWITCH BOOK NOW AVAILABLE
This exciting new book follows the antics of a crazy couple from Britain, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, who sold their home, and raced around the World chasing the World Year List record in 2008. If you followed their adventures online during their record-breaking year you’ll be sure to want to read the full story in detail, and if you knew nothing of this until now, and have The Big Year, The Big Twitch, and Kingbird Highway on your bookshelf it will be empty without this new and absorbing addition to the genre. On top of all that, you can catch up with many of the TB guides through the book, many of whom simply could not resist being part of such a landmark event. STOP PRESS: After an initial print run of 5,000 books in the UK, The Biggest Twitch sold out within 2 weeks due to high demand, and glowing reviews. The good news is the publishers have already printed o a second batch that is now available …
To order your copy online see http://thebiggesttwitch.com/
Guided by Sam Woods
TROPICAL BIRDING IN NEW BRITAIN
While Tropical Birding has run over ten tours on mainland Papua New Guinea, we had never yet ventured into New Britain, in the Bismarck Archipelago, north of the mainland. Sam Woods led our rst tour there in August 2010, and loved what he found. New Britain is markedly dier- ent from the mainland. It is an island of large bold birds: the tour list there was dominated by large pigeons, colorful parrots, and cool kingshers. Having already amassed 15 species of kingsher on the main tour we added four very special ones on New Britain: a bulky Beach Kingsher was found perched above a white sandy beach on a small islet oshore; we enjoyed a duel with a stunning Black-headed Paradise-Kingsher that nally gave us cracking looks; an inconspicuous Bismarck Kingsher rested alongside a shady stream on our nal afternoon; and then a short time later a pair of displaying New Britain Kingshers were found in the forest canopy, a magic nale to our time around Kimbe Bay. Other New Britain highlights included a pack of colorful pigeons and parrots, from
Red-Knobbed Imperial Pigeons and the ever-present Eclectus Parrots within our resort, to Red-knobbed Fruit-Doves and Finsch’s Imperial Pigeons in the forests. Less colorful although no less desired were a couple of hulking endemic coucals: the deep purple Violaceous Coucal, and black-and-white Pied Coucal, and even a trio of Black Honey- Buzzards cruised overhead during one hot morning. Aside from that the visit to the Volcano Megapode colony at Pokili was memorable, literally hundreds of megapodes
apping lazily up from their forest
into the trees
around us, a truly unique and unfor- gettable experience. The tour ended with us watching the rare Bismarck Woodswallow as the scope shook unexpectedly from the tremors of a recent earthquake. 4 days, 50 birds and almost 30 endemics later this short extension came to an end.
TROPICAL BIRDING will next be visiting New Britain on 28 July – 2 August 2011, as an extension to our popular tour of mainland Papua New Guinea that is scheduled for 11 – 28 July 2011.