Wednesday, 27 October 2010

A rare visitor to field base

Field base is very excited to introduce you a rare visitor who joined us during breakfast on Monday morning.



This beautiful little bird is called a Fairy Pitta. It migrates from Southern China and Japan, to winter in Borneo. The Fairy Pitta is classified as vulnerable and is on the endangered list due to deforestation in its breeding range. This particular individual was probably not improved by knocking itself out on our window. We protected it from Pedro, the field base cat, until it had recovered and could continue its journey. All in a morning's work for the field base team.

Many thanks to the Symington family for spending several hours identifying our guest.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

for emma bean the kindergarden is looking good must be hard work in that heat . all your friends have been asking for you the house is so quiet even robbie is missing you dad has just wrote you another letter when you get your change over try to ring me we all are very proud of what you are doing love and miss you loads mum and dad xxxxxx

jeni said...

Hi Guy - we've been having a fab time in Bermuda - a real trip down memory lane for me! It's been really sunny but very windy (haven't seen a single kite or windsurfer though) so no snorkelling unfortunately. Theweather is due to changetoday and it's raining now! Shucks. Leck andI keep talking about you and wonderinghow Alpha 9 is getting on! Wonder if you're diving yet. Caroline leaves today andDana and Jamie tomorrow so we'll be down to jill and co andus for our last night andday. Far too much chat for you! Allmy love as always andjust wish I could hear how it's all going!! Mum xxxxxx

auntie a said...

yo Abi and Albert!!
Auntie A here wondering how you are getting on. OK I know I cannot hear from you... but I have just eaten one of Bev's amazing chicken dinners (no jealousy please) and a few glasses of water (or similar). Often wonder how you are getting on in the jungle. How's the diving?? Fab I bet. Looking forward to some news - which I suspect will be in December when you get back.
Big hug and kisses. Mwa mwa.... AA x x x

Anonymous said...

For Olivier, Ik weet dat je nu ergens midden in de jungle zit op trek, nadat je eerst je padi hebt gehaald dus het zal wel even duren voordat je dit leest. Afgelopen donderdag was een hele mooie dag. Er zijn foto's gemaakt zodat jij straks kan zien hoeveel mensen er waren. Papa heeft namens jou gesproken!!We missen je enorm maar weten nu zeker dat je daar prachtige mensen om je heen hebt en dat jij niet alleen fysiek maar ook emotioneel sterk bent. a HUGE hug. pap en mam

Anonymous said...

Dear Ellie
You sunbear you!!! You look like you are having a great time!!!
We are just back from Crete - lovely holiday but back to grey! Will you climb Kota Kinabalu? We did it years ago!!!
Have great time and say doei to your Dutch friend!!!
lots of love from Ansterdam!

Opa en Oma van Olffen said...

Lieve Merel van Olffen,

Op dit moment zijn wij met pa en ma in Termaat en zien wij met plezier hoe je tracht over te steken. Wij hebben een fijne avond gehad, wij zijn namelijk met allen naar een concert in de laurenskerk geweest, zeer genoten. Oma zit met verlangen naar het beeld te kijken en laat je hartelijk groeten. veel lieve groeten, kusjes, opa en oma.

jacqueline said...

Ha steven,
Ik krijg nu toch wel wat ontwenningsverschijnselen nu het zolang duurt om wat te horen en mn wat te zien van het projekt in de imbak canyon.Gisteren feest van evert gehad die 50 is geworden en verder zijn we druk aan het werk.Mis je,de koelkast is ook al zo leeg en dat went niet.Geniet knuffel mam

Anonymous said...

To Seema,

No picture of ur ass yet, how comes? Cameraman is shy around fitties i reckon :p...
U told me no phone for 12 days...its been 15 or sumink!! :s...miss u loads! Hope ur happy and havin fun!

Jamal xxx

bev b said...

HI ABI AND KAREEM,
Lottie has another medal to add to her tally. she was kent's best u11 fielder! the prizegiving evening was lovely. her coach produced a wonderful cd of pictures throughout the season. you are on a couple which is amazing as you only went to one match and spent most of that in the car!!!
how was the diving? kareem are you converted to life under the waves?
can't wait to find out the next stage of your adventure.
lokk after each other, love you both.
mum xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Amy Bajada said...

Hey Louise Bajada aka Aunty LouLou,
Hope all is good and your still enjoying it! Letters on its way not sure wen you'll get it though :) Loving the pictures of you! Not long and we'll hear of you and you'll no if your having a niece of nephew :D <3. Cant believe the tan on you already lol, keep enjoying it lou and ill speak to you when i can.
Lots of love Amy, Kalem, Lumpy & Porscha <3 <3 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hoi lieve Yannick,
Erg benieuwd hoe het met je gaat. Als het goed is zit je nu midden in de jungle. Hier vandaag een extra lange dag (1 uur extra ivm terugzetten naar de wintertijd) met rustig weer.
Zojuist heeft Dirk zijn boek gebracht met zijn verhaal over zijn 12.000 km fietstocht in Zuid-Amerika. Veel schitterende foto's, ervaringen en vooral ook gedachten en emoties waar hij over schrijft. Het zal voor jou niet anders zijn. Zie erg uit naar jouw verslag en foto's.
Vandaag de verjaardag van Anita en eergisteren die van Carola gevierd.
Zij zijn ook in gedachten bij jou en wensen je nog een fijne tijd.
Groetjes en "all the best", HVJ,
Hugs en XXX van Papa, Mama en Cahrin

Anonymous said...

for: Joseph/Joe Treacy

From: James Treacy

Hi jos!
I tried to send something on this the other day but i dont think it sent, so sorry if i repeat myself!
Hope alls going well, we got your letters, and i'll send them on to the lpool peeps for you.
hope your water project is going well. The photos are good and mum is absolutley obsessed with checking this blog. I might put her on twitter so she can see the updates there..
Had a good halloween, dressed as a geek.. I wasnt able to go to Livs because i had to work on the saturday.. But i went to a class house party, needless to say it was mental! The police came, i dont remember seeing them! sarah Doyle came with me and everyone loved her.. We told people we were twins and they believed us.. LOL..
I dont remember this, but apparantly i was so drunk, i lost the use of my legs and was just sliding round the floor.. photos are hilarious! i got a laugh out of it anyway. Kinda scared me how much i didnt remember, but i got home in one piece and im off the mad party days for a while.
Im going my internship every wednesday now, delightd. theres a new irish hills.. its called fade st and my internship is featured in it, as one of the main people in it does an internship there! so i dont know who it is yet because i wasnt there for sept or october but if im in every wednesday im sure to be in the background.. and i get the juicy gossip about what happens!
The weather has gotten cold at home, but its not too bad. i didnt get my timberlands in the end, the payment didnt go through or some shizzle so ive been wearing the nike ones and theyre grand. But the canvas ones are seriously shot to sh*t and i might aswell be walking through puddles on a daily basis! still loving my life in dublin, and ill be so sad to leave. Im seriously in there with this internship, and everyone in my class is beyond jealous!
Mum is doing well, weve sent you a few letters, didnt realise this blog would be so popular and you should have a nice pile of letters when changeover day or whatever its called comes! A.mary and U.Paddy are grand, although you know mum and mags think hes at deaths door every day!
Ill get mum and a few others to post on this.. sorry i didnt realise it would be better.
OHH educo, is me bleedin life schwa... i love it.. hello cheeky loan to pay for the next one haha.. Im trying to think of random celeb gossip for you.. no one out of the closet.. oh celene dion had twins if its of any interest to you! I got a weeks paid work out of my internship with the media place next door.. im promoting the late late toy show sponsored by quinn direct.. 100 euros a day, and im doing 5, can i get an ideal!
anyways mum will write soon, miss u lots
james
x

Anonymous said...

or: Joseph/Joe Treacy

From: James Treacy

Hi jos!
I tried to send something on this the other day but i dont think it sent, so sorry if i repeat myself!
Hope alls going well, we got your letters, and i'll send them on to the lpool peeps for you.
hope your water project is going well. The photos are good and mum is absolutley obsessed with checking this blog. I might put her on twitter so she can see the updates there..
Had a good halloween, dressed as a geek.. I wasnt able to go to Livs because i had to work on the saturday.. But i went to a class house party, needless to say it was mental! The police came, i dont remember seeing them! sarah Doyle came with me and everyone loved her.. We told people we were twins and they believed us.. LOL..

Anonymous said...

I dont remember this, but apparantly i was so drunk, i lost the use of my legs and was just sliding round the floor.. photos are hilarious! i got a laugh out of it anyway. Kinda scared me how much i didnt remember, but i got home in one piece and im off the mad party days for a while.
Im going my internship every wednesday now, delightd. theres a new irish hills.. its called fade st and my internship is featured in it, as one of the main people in it does an internship there! so i dont know who it is yet because i wasnt there for sept or october but if im in every wednesday im sure to be in the background.. and i get the juicy gossip about what happens!
The weather has gotten cold at home, but its not too bad. i didnt get my timberlands in the end, the payment didnt go through or some shizzle so ive been wearing the nike ones and theyre grand. But the canvas ones are seriously shot to sh*t and i might aswell be walking through puddles on a daily basis! still loving my life in dublin, and ill be so sad to leave. Im seriously in there with this internship, and everyone in my class is beyond jealous!
Mum is doing well, weve sent you a few letters, didnt realise this blog would be so popular and you should have a nice pile of letters when changeover day or whatever its called comes! A.mary and U.Paddy are grand, although you know mum and mags think hes at deaths door every day!
Ill get mum and a few others to post on this.. sorry i didnt realise it would be better.
OHH educo, is me bleedin life schwa... i love it.. hello cheeky loan to pay for the next one haha.. Im trying to think of random celeb gossip for you.. no one out of the closet.. oh celene dion had twins if its of any interest to you! I got a weeks paid work out of my internship with the media place next door.. im promoting the late late toy show sponsored by quinn direct.. 100 euros a day, and im doing 5, can i get an ideal!
anyways mum will write soon, miss u lots
james
x

Anonymous said...

For JOE TREACY!!!!

jooooeeee, its ur fav indian here :D soo glad to here that ur havin an amazing time, james has been keeping us all updated!! i have a few things to send you in the post, so is that address you told me a while ago the best one to write too?! if not...where should I send your post??? Missing u loads and loads, and keep up all the amazing work.

lots and lots and lots of love sam xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

For Oliver,Lieve Otje.Na alle ellende van de vorige week en vooral de grote schrik eerst even een berichtje aan jou. Ik heb veel aan je gedacht deze dagen vooral ook omdat ikzelf zo goed weet dat je als je ver weg bent van je familie het als het kan nog dubbel zo hard aankomt als er zoiets onverwachts gebeurd.Je weet zeker dat Opa erg veel van je hield en probeer je vast te houden aan alle goede herinneringen die je zeker van hem hebt. Dat doen wij ook allemaal. Vanavond hebben mama, tante vic en ik gegeten wegens de sterfdag van Walter wat we ook ieder jaar blijven herinneren. je hebt veel last van je duim hoor ik en ik hoop dat dat snel voorbij gaat. Lieve O wezijn allemaal net als jij verdrietig en leven met je mee. Een hele dikke knuffel van Oma

Anonymous said...

Aloha Joseph Tracey boo boo! Mitzy boo boo and I wanted to drop in to say HI and tell you that we are thinking of you.. we are soooo envious that you get to wear your flip flops every day ! Oh and woweee have you seen one of those little fairy pitta birds yet ? They look beautiful and fancy them coming over to see you on their travels lol Its Halloween today so we have been to Pendle Hill on the witch trail - livin the dream. The kids on the Borneo photos look adorable... hope youre having a fab time. Sending lots of love and angel blessings to you, Nikki Boo Boo and Mitzy Boo Boo :-) xx

Gursharon Sandhu said...

Hey Mandeep in Alpha 6!
i been texting you hoping it would work...me, manpreet kim have all tryed it lol are you getting anything? if you do get a chance on a phone please ring us aswell :D we all miss you so much!
i been in london the past week and didnt have a chance to message you but i thought i will today lol cuz i miss you so much!
im getting more hours at work aswell and i dont have time to chill but is good cus i have no one to chill with :( lol...i went Thorpe Park fright night and i painted my face as the joker and thought about how you wanted it...hope you reading the book i brought you LOL joke!
yday we went to manpreets mum n dads suprise anniversary party was really good...but her mum was propa shocked she collapsed but she was fine after :)
i have so much to tell you when you get back i just hope i dont forget...im getting bare emotional writing this lol you know what im like lol missing you loads deepi....love gogo! xxx p.s stay safe and make sure you eat fish lol xxxxxxxxx

Gillian said...

Dear joe!

Missing you lots!! The photos look amazing hope u are getting on well. Graduation tomorrow agh kinda excited but kinda nervous...wearing very high shoes lets hope i dont trip! Apologies for not dropping u a line sooner iv been so busy....this masters business is tough stuff however i am planning on witing u a nice letter asap! Everyone is asking how u are getting on, hope ur looking after yourself dear! Oh also got the hair chopped today so hopefully it will look half decent in the photos 2mrw. However forgot to get my teeth whitening strips off james :( disaster!! oh and got my thesis topic...acounting education which im very happy with but the thoughts of the work involved eek!! Talk to u soon huni,
LOVE YPU LOTS
Gill xxx

Anonymous said...

msg for mary greene
Hi Mary,
just been searching for a sign of you in the pics, I loved the little Fairy Pitta bird in the picture, did you get to see it? You must be seeing loads of amazing wildlife, and possibly planning some animal rescue projects for your mum eh! Hope all is well,we are thinking of you. lots love Alison and all xxx

chiang said...

Hi JingWen,
Surviving well? We are back in KL. Our Melbourne trip was great and Jie's graduation was beautiful. Wondering if u need some sinus pill cos i can try mailing some to u. Looking forward to see pictures of u in the blog would be good to get some updates soon.

Lots of love Mum, Dad and Shen

eveline egeler said...

For Lisa Egeler
Hoi lieve Lies,
Het duurt zoooo lang de tijd dat wij geen contact kunnen hebben maar wij zijn zo met je bezig Elke dag nemen wij door waar je zou zijn en wat je allemaal zou doen Als het goed is ben je nu na jungle aan het duiken
En vrijdag ben je al jarig Hoop zo dat je het leuk hebt, dat de insecten je niet opeten en dat je veel maatjes hebt gemaakt, waar je op kan terugvallen. Mis je als een dolle en merk aan alles dat je er niet bent.
Lieverd, zorg goed voor jezelf en geniet van alle spannende belevenissen en weet dat wij aan je denken XXXXXxxxxxxxx Klm, papa, douwie, hidjes

Anonymous said...

For Leigh Fairbrother:

Hope you're back in one piece from the trek. Please can you give Lisa some more details about the solicitor you used. They're having problems finding them on the register and can't process the docs until they do. Sorry...

Catherine x

hannah and max said...

to natalie...
hiya huni hope your ok and having loadsa fun, i spoke to ya mum today i was startin to worry about u i need u back in once piece haha she was tellin me what you've been up to it sounds amazing, hope u liked ya picture max drew miss u loads, loadsa love han n maxi x x x x

Rachael said...

Hey Nats, how the hell are u? hope ur having an amazing time. Sorry not wrote been up the wall with everything only found out about this blogger thing the other day when I saw ur mum! Its a good way of writing isnt it! how often do u get on it? are u allowed ur fone n stuff??!!

Guess where i went yday for me bday....... the spa it was fabulous its improved to last time! defo need to book it again for when ur home. Harry Potter is out nxt friday cant wait to wsee it it looks fab il wait for ya to come home!!! I mite actually finish the book before u get home too hahah.

well ill write again soon hope ur enjoying yourself loads. Take care be safe love rach xxxxxxxx

Gareth said...

Hi, nearly two years after the event, I was browsing for Fairy Pitta records in Sarawak and came across this piccy. I dont know whether old comments triger or whether you are interested but to me your photo shows a Blue-winged Pitta, not a Fairy Pitta. They are both closely related and tricky to identify so understandable how you have come to this conclusion. The key differences are the extent of blue in the wing (lots for Blue-winged and less for Fairy), the amount of white in the wing (again lots in Blue-winged and less in Fairy), and the ground colour of the breast being rich buff in Blue-winged as opposed to greeny buff in Fairy Pitta. Your photo shows clearly all these features - usually the wing features are difficult to observe on perched birds. By the way, to a bird watcher, any pitta is a good pitta !! They are usually shy and difficult to detect in their natural habitat. The fact that your bird flew into a window suggests it was probably a migrating bird, and the time of year seems to fit.