Migratory Shorebirds Spotting in Suva with Mark

Migratory Shorebirds Spotting in Suva with Mark

Join Mark O’Brien for a view across the tidal mudflats to see the range of migratory shorebirds.

The tidal area around Suva is an important wintering area for shorebirds – including the highest density of Wandering Tattlers in the world.

Migratory Shorebirds Spotting in Suva with Mark

Migratory Shorebirds Spotting in Suva with Mark

Learn about the different species of birds

As the tide rises the birds will come closer and closer before they fly off to roost – at which point we might move along the shore towards the University for a second chance to see birds on the sand bar opposite the National Stadium.

End of September is when the Godwits arrive and with luck you may spot around 100 individuals − some maybe even in nice plumage!


Meet along the seafront walkway between Suva Park and the former Fringing Reef Bar, (now a newly painted yellow building) opposite the drive to the Cathedral Secondary School. Look out for Mark and volunteers with 2-3 telescopes set up.

Cost $10 for NatureFiji-MareqetiViti member. $15 for non-member. Become a member and enjoy the discounted rate.

Limited places available so book and make payment early.

  • Minimum Age: 12 years.
  • Binoculars will be provided.
  • Bring a hat and water.
  • A notebook if you are a keen birder.

Estimated time: 1 – 1.5 hours. (You can leave at anytime)

Contact: Anna Billings thru Contact Form here or  Tel: 310 0598

Mark O’Brien

Mark O’Brien has been a passionate ornithologist since he was 5. He is the Pacific Regional Programme Co-ordinator for BirdLife International, based in Suva. Mark also facilitates eBird in Fiji, which is a global bird observation database full of fascinating bits of information about where and when to see birds.

Prior to moving to Fiji 5 years ago he lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he spent a large part of his working life researching and applying conservation action for the benefit of breeding shorebirds. Mark is also known for his love for Rugby, having played when he was younger and is a mad Bath Rugby Team supporter.

Mark O′Brien

Mark O′Brien