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Birdwatching in French Polynesia

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Martin-chasseur des Marquises ©Tun Pin ONG

Martin-chasseur des Marquises©TunPinONG

Aside from the 3 destinations proposed in that website (Rimatara, Ua Huka and Tahuata ), French Polynesia is full of islands sheltering a great variety of birds.

A usefull and well illustrated article, written by a Dutch tourist in collaboration with SOP Manu, depicts what any birdwatcher can easily discover on its own, without having to go to places that are not readily accessible.
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Birdwatching in French Polynesia

How to report my ornithological observations?

Phaéton à brins rouges ©Jean KapeA real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.

eBird’s goal is to maximize the utility and accessibility of the vast numbers of bird observations made each year by recreational and professional bird watchers. It is amassing one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources in existence.

The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users.
EBird then shares these observations with a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists.
In time these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond.

Are you ready to enter your data? These few links should provide you with the help you need to get started.
-To go to eBird website : http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

To enter your bird observations, you will first need to create your account by clicking on the tab:
“Soumettre ses observations”

A bit complicated at first? This quick start guide will be helpful to begin with eBird.
Or you could prefer this YouTube tutorial : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3CmbeDbmxQ

To see all the observations already made in French Polynesia, go to :

eBird Illustrated Checklists are here!

You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist.
It’s all using sightings that people contributed! EBird takes the highest-rated photo and sound from the Macaulay Library, combines with eBird data to show seasonal occurrence, and includesthe last date when a species was seen in that place.
The result: a quick overview for the region that gives the most relevant information.
 Want your photo to be the best image for that region? Add them to your eBird checklists!
To check out Illustrated Checklists, search for any region or search for any hotspot.
At the top of the species list you’ll see a new tab titled “Illustrated Checklist”.
Here’s French Polynesia example.

 Enjoy Polynesian birds and share your observations!
Ultramarine Lorikeet©Jean-Paul Mutz

Ultramarine Lorikeet © Jean-Paul Mutz