The following is based on an article by OBC member Andy Mears that first appeared on the Birdguides website. Many thanks to Birdguides for granting the OBC permission to repost the article here.
Vietnam is a bird-rich country bordered by China, Laos and Cambodia and strategically placed on the OBC region’s eastern seaboard. From wintering Rufous-tailed Robins to breeding White-winged Magpies, the country has much to offer the travelling birder or interested reader.
Talk to non-birders about Vietnam and they are usually surprised to hear that it is a popular birding destination. In the same way that Ethiopia is perceived to be stark and famine-ridden, Vietnam is often viewed as war-torn and scarred. Neither perception is correct. Vietnam is in fact within an important area of endemism and retains some valuable tracts of rainforest that can easily be visited by birders today. Add to that accessible mountains and wetlands that host some of the rarest shorebirds on earth, and Vietnam becomes a stunning destination.
Vietnamese Cutia photographed in the Da Lat uplands of Southern Vietnam by BirdtourASIA tour guide James Eaton. James is a regular contributor to the OBC’s Forktail and BirdingASIA journals. BirdtourASIA is a proud corporate sponsor of the Oriental Bird Club — many thanks to James for providing photos for this article.
Jerdon’s Babbler, rediscovered in Myanmar in May 2014 © Robert Tizard / WCS
5th March 2015—Jerdon’s Babbler Chrysomma altirostre has been rediscovered in Myanmar by a scientific team from WCS, Myanmar’s Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division – MOECAF, and National University of Singapore (NUS).
Jerdon’s Babbler had last been seen in Myanmar in July 1941 and was considered by many to be extinct in the country.
News of the exciting rediscovery has been unveiled in the latest issue of BirdingASIA, the six-monthly journal of the Oriental Bird Club.
The printed article will be distributed to Club members, while an electronic version can be downloaded here: BirdingAsia22 pp13-15 (PDF, 50 KB)
OBC members should already have received Forktail 30, the latest issue of the Club’s peer-reviewed journal of Asian ornithology.
As ever, the publcation is packed with the latest ornithological papers relating to the avifauna of the Oriental region.
The full contents from each issue are posted on the OBC website, but it’s a publication you simply can’t afford to miss: so join OBC today and you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA every year, plus once a year, Forktail, the Club’s peer-reviewed journal publishing original ornithological research from the region.
The Jewel Hunter, Chris Goodie’s gripping tale of his quest to see every species of true pitta inside a single calendar year is now available direct from Chris, with £4 from every sale going straight to the Oriental Bird Club.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity to read about one of the world’s great birding tales, please visit the OBC publications sales page.
The Club’s Annual General Meeting this year is being held jointly with the British Ornithologists’ Club & Natural History Museum on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at The Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD.
A packed agenda includes talks by Dr Pamela Rasmussen on new species and rediscoveries, Dr Debbie Pain on saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Chris Gooddie on Bukit Barisan Selatan, Dr Stuart Marsden on Asia’s large frugivorous birds, Dr Robert Prŷs-Jones on Allan Octavian Hume and Warblers and Dr Per Alstrom on warblers and larks.
The meeting is open to members and non-members of OBC and BOC. Admission is free to members, donations from non-members invited.
Full programme and details of how to reach the venue in the Joint Meeting Programme (PDF, 150 KB).
Cover photo: Spangled Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal, January 2013 by Arabinda Debnath
OBC members should already have received BirdingASIA 20, the latest issue of the Club’s biannual publication, BirdingASIA.
As ever, the issue is packed with the latest information and ornithological sightings from the Oriental region. It includes articles on identifcation of ‘Black-eared’ and ‘Pariah’ Kites, right, and ringing sparrowhawks on migration,a whole suite of taxonomic changes to the region’s avifauna, right through to some stunning photo essays and an artilcle about the poorly-known Wood Snipe in Bhutan.
The full contents and sample articles from each issue are posted here on the OBC website, but it’s a publication you simply can’t afford to miss: so join OBC today and you will receive two issues of BirdingASIA every year, plus once a year, Forktail, the Club’s peer-reviewed journal publishing original ornithological research from the region.
The Club’s 29th Annual General Meeting will be held in the Wilkinson Room, St John the
Evangelist Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN, UK, on Saturday 16th November 2013 at 12 noon.
The venue is within 10 minutes walk of Cambridge railway station. A map of where to find us is here.
10:30 Doors open – hot drinks & cakes available
11:00 Opening remarks by the Chairman
11:15 Alfred Russel Wallace: talk by Brian Sykes
12:00 Annual General Meeting (only OBC members may vote at the AGM)
12:45 Lunch break – refreshments and sales
13:45 Blue Whale courtship and Sperm Whales ‘scrumming': talk by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne
14:00 Birds and Mysticism: a journey across Bhutan: talk by Ann & Andrew Duff
14:30 Spoonies get a head start & Baer’s Pochard, the duck in the coalmine? talk by Debbie Pain
15:45 Break for refreshments & sales
16:00 More from 30 years a photographer in the Orient: talk by Tim Loseby
16:45 Prize draw and closing remarks by the Chairman
17.00 Meeting closes
The Agenda for 2013 and Accounts for 2012 and Minutes of the 28th AGM in October 2012.
© Mark Andrews
On May 5th OBC Council Member Mike Edgecombe will be attempting to cycle from the WWT reserve in Welney, Cambridgeshire, UK over 60 miles to Cley/Salthouse on the North Norfolk coast.
At the same time OBC Council Member John (3 peaks in 24hrs) Gregory will be running, along with a few others, from Titchwell RSPB reserve, racing against me to finish first at Salthouse.
Why are they doing this? Because there is a race on, a real race to save the Spoon-billed Sandpiper from extinction and this project urgently needs your support.
Please help these two intrepid OBC Council Members to raise as much money as possible to support the ongoing work to save Spoonie.
Please visit their joint JustGiving page and in the words of Bob Geldof – “GIVE US YOUR MONEY”