Mysteries of Melanesia Voyage Map April 12-April 20 2024

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Mysteries of Melanesia Lautoka, Viti Levu , Fiji to Sydney, Australia April 12 – April 20, 2024 Captain Torry Sakkariassen Discovery Leader Alice Forrest 2 4 Sydney, Australia 1 – Lautoka, Fiji – Sail Away (April 12 ) 2 – Tanna Island, Vanuatu – Yasur Volcano (April 14 ) 3 – Norfolk Island, Australia – Copper Sharks (April 16 ) 4 – Sydney, Australia – Sailing into Sydney (April 19 ) 4 – Sydney, Australia – End of the Voyage (April 20 ) Sea Day Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji Sea Day 1 Sea Day x 2 3

Critter Club – Wildlife Checklist

BIRDS

Order Anseriformes

Ducks, Geese and Swans Family Anatidae

Pacific Black (Gray) Duck Anas superciliosa

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Order Gruiformes

Rails Family Rallidae

Australasian Swamphen Porphyrio melanotus

Petrels and Shearwaters Family Procellariidae

Collared Petrel Pterodroma brevipes

Providence Petrel Pterodroma solandri

Tahiti Petrel Pseudobulweria rostrata

Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica

Short-tailed Shearwater Ardenna tenuirostris

Wedge-tailed Shearwater Ardenna pacifica

Tropical Shearwater Puffinus bailloni

Little shearwater Puffinus assimilis

Gray-Faced Petrel Pterodroma gouldi

Black Winged Petrel Pterodroma nigripennis

Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea

White-Necked Petrel Pterodroma cervicalis

White-Faced Storm Petrel Pelagodroma marina

Order Phaethontiformes

Tropicbirds Family Phaethontidae

Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda

White-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon lepturus

Order Pelecaniformes

Herons and Bitterns Family Ardeidae

Pacific Reef Heron Egretta sacra

White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae

Great Egret Ardea alba

Order Suliformes

Frigatebirds Family Fregatidae

Great Frigatebird Fregata minor

Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel

Gannets and Boobies Family Sulidae

Red-footed Booby Sula sula

Brown Booby Sula leucogaster

Masked Booby Sula dactylatra

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Critter Club – Wildlife Checklist

Mysteries

BIRDS continued

Order Accipitriformes

Kites, Hawks and Eagles Family Accipitridae

Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus X

Fiji Goshawk Accipiter rufitorques X

Plovers Family Charadriidae

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

Sandpipers and Snipes Family Scolopacidae

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Wandering Tattler Tringa incana

Gray-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes Gulls, Terns and Skimmers Family Laridae

Brown Noddy Anous stolidus X X

Black Noddy Anous minutus

Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus

White Tern Gygis alba

Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus

Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii

Black-naped Tern Sterna sumatrana

Order Columbiformes

Pigeons and Doves Family Columbidae

Tanna Fruit Dove Ptilinopus tannensis

Metallic Pieon Columba vitiensis

Pacific Imperial Pigeon Ducula pacifica

Red-bellied Fruit Dove Ptilinopus tannensis

Order Cuculiformes

Cuckoos Family Cuculidae

Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis X

Order Apodiformes Swifts Family Apodidae

White-rumped Swiftlet Aerodramus spodiopygius X

Order Coraciiformes

Kingfishers Family Alcedinidae

Pacific Kingfisher Todiramphus sacer X

Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus X

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Mysteries

BIRDS continued

Order Psittaciformes

Parrots Family Psittacidae

Coconut Lorikeet Trchoglossus haematodus

Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans

Norfolk Green Parrot Cyanoramphus cookii

Order Passeriformes

Swallows Family Hirundinidae

Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica

Welcome swallow Hirundo neoxena

Fantails Family Rhipiduridae

Gray Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa

Starlings and Rhabdornis Family Sturnidae

Common Myna Acridotheres tristis

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Thrushes Family Turdidae

Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula

Whiteyes Family Thraupidae

Yellow-Fronted Whiteye Zosterops flavifrons

Whistlers Family Pachycephalidae

Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis

Vanuatu Whistler Pachycephala chlorura

Bulbuls Family Pycnonotidae

Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

Old World Sparrows Family Passeridae

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

MARINE MAMMALS

Oceanic Dolphins Family Delphinidae

Common Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis

Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin Stenella attenuata

Spinner Dolphin Stenella longirostris

Short Finned Pilot Whale Globicephala Macrorhynchus

False Killer Whale Pseudorca crassidens

Beaked Whales Family Ziphiidae

Blainville's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon densirostris

Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris

Rorqual Whales Family Balaenopteridae

Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangeliae

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MARINE MAMMALS continued

Sperm Whales Family Physeteridae

Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus X

Sperm Whales Family Kogiidae Dwarf Sperm Whale Ziphius cavirostris

REPTILES

Lizards and Snakes Order Squamata Smooth-scaled Gecko Lepidodactylus lugubris

Skink-like Lizard Cryptoblepharus boutonii Turtles and Tortoises Order Testudinata Green Turtle Chelonia mydas

Additional Amazing Wildlife Sightings

Flying Fish Exocoetidae spp.

Bronze Whaler Shark Carcharrhinus brachyurus

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