OBC fundraising tour to the Philippines

Silvery Kingfisher is one of the many endemic species participants can hope to see on the 2019 OBC tour to the Philippines © Birdtour Asia

OBC are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Birdtour Asia to offer a tour to the fabulous Philippines archipelago.

Profits from the tour, which runs from 24th March to 9th April 2019 will go to the OBC Conservation Fund.

Focusing on Luzon, Mindanao and Palawan, participants can hope to see more than 140 species including such spectacular endemic species as Philippine Eagle, Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, Philippine and Steere’s Pitta, Southern Silvery Kingfisher, Southern Rufous Hornbill, Celestial Monarch, Philippine Trogon and Cinnamon Ibon, potentially an endemic family.

Please visit the Birdtour Asia website for further details and to register your interest.

2017 Autumn Meeting

2017 Autumn Meeting
The OBC Autumn Meeting, incorporating the 33rd AGM, will be held in the Wilkinson Room, St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

Doors open at 10:30  and the meeting starts at 11:00. All are welcome – please bring your friends. Snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks will be available all day.

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BirdingAsia 27 published

OBC Members already, or should shortly receive the latest edition of BirdingASIA, Number 27. Another issue packed full of the latest news from the region, including articles on recent taxonomic changes proposed for Asian birds, breeding birds of Wallacea, the Asian songbird crisis, Rote Island Indonesia, Virachey National Park Cambodia and much much more…

As an OBC member you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA per year plus our scientific journal Forktail – all for a bargain membership fee. So don’t delay, join today!

BirdingASIA 26 distributed

Cover image: Female Sunda Frogmouth Batrachostomus cornutus brooding her chick, Arung Dalam, Koba, Bangka, Sumatra, Indonesia, 8 October 2014, by Syahputra

The December 2016 issue of BirdingASIA should have reached all members by now. As ever, the issue is packed full of information from the Oriental region, including an article on Breeding records of the Sunda Frogmouth Batrachostomus cornutus, which features on the cover. Non-members can find out just what they’re missing here, and they’d be more than welcome to join the Club online here.

2016 Autumn Meeting

The OBC Autumn Meeting, incorporating the 32nd AGM, will be held in the Wilkinson Room, St John the Evangelist, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8RN on Saturday 29th October 2016.

The meeting starts at 11:00 and all are welcome – please bring your friends. Snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks will be available all day.

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Prize draw in aid of the OBC Conservation Fund
The AGM, at which only OBC members may vote, will be held at 12:10

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper wintering site under threat

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper photographed at Kock Kham. © Richard Thomas

Khok Kham, one of only two regular wintering sites in Thailand for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper and other wader species of the East Asian-Australasian flyway is under threat from a solar farm development.

A number of Thai organizations and individuals are campaigning against the development. The Oriental Bird Club is offering our support to their efforts.

More information about the nature of the threat can be found in this article on the Birdguides website.

BirdingASIA 25 distributed

BA25-coverOriental Bird Club members should now have received their latest issue of BirdingASIA.

Featuring a superb image of a Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus photographed near Shilt, Great Himalayan National Park, Dirthan, Himachal Pradesh, India, by Jainy Kuriakose on the cover, the issue is packed full of bird news from around the region.

For anyone with an interest in birds of the Oriental region, subscribing to the Oriental Bird Club to receive your biannual BirdingASIA and the Club’s Journal, Forktail, is an absolute necessity – so if you  haven’t done so already, subscribe today!

Flappy goes cuckoo and leads a merry dance

Flappy-24-may-2016-close-up1There was exciting news earlier this week when Flappy – or Flappy McFlapperson to give her full name: the female Cuckoo sponsored by the Oriental Bird Club through the Beijing Cuckoo Project—apparently began her southward migration.

Speculation was rife as to whether she would head towards Africa or South Asia. However, as the maps below demonstrate, she is not about to give her secret away just yet.

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