If you would like to observe birds, usually the early morning and afternoon are the best times as bird activity peaks. Many birds rest during the hot midday sun and p[erch on branches in the shade, and while you can still be lucky and observe them, it is harder to find them in the first place. So I grabbed my Nikon D850 and the 200-500mm Nikon lens and started systematically strolling through the resort grounds and the nearby area, as Momi Bay is a much larger area than just the resort ground themselves.
For those looking for birds on or near the resort, there are a number of other local and invasive species (including some endemics) that can be fairly easily observed here: the Orange-breasted Myzomela, lots and lots of Fiji Parrotfinches foraging on the grasslands, invasive Red Avadavats, Wetsern-Wattled Honeyeaters, Vanikoro Flycatchers, the migratory Pacific Golden Plovers, the agile Pacific Swallows, Spotted Doves and Reef Herons. I was particularly happy about finding and photographing the Silvereye and Polynesian Trillers, which I hadn’t seen here before during birding sessions.
Over the few last years, I have literally spent hundreds of working hours in Adobe Indesign working on my long-term project – a coffee table book on Fiji’s Shark Reef Marine Reserve. For this assignment, all the work I put into learning the program was very helpful, and I think the resulting coffee table book is absolutely stunning. I am looking forward to seeing it printed and in the rooms! Currently, the book is being reviewed and the last technicalities sorted out before we will have the latest book printed and finally a larger batch. There are quite a few more species in the book than I posted here, so make sure to check out the book yourself if you are reading this before a stay at the Marriott in Momi Bay. For those interested in bird life in Fiji, head over to my blog post showing photos of all the different species I have managed to photograph in FIji thus far!
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Tom Vierus is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist based in Suva, Fiji Islands. This blog is dedicated to his assignments and to sharing some behind-the-scenes footage.