Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Eastern Curlews, Huskisson (Moona Moona Creek)

This pair of beautiful Eastern Curlews spent most of my visit to the local lagoon with their bills tucked well under their wings. This was one of only a few moments with both bills up. I was stood in the lagoon outlet with the tide rushing past my nuts and god-knows what brushing past my feet. It was worth the arm-straining wait to get the shot. I haven't encountered this species for a long time.

Thursday, 17 December 2015


It was very mild today for the middle of December. This escaped African Grey Parrot was adding to the tropical vibe at Hockley Woods. I ended the day at Wallasea Island in my T-shirt. Crazy.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Grey-headed Lapwing, Penrith, NSW

I had to twitch this Grey-headed Lapwing. Mega rude not to. It didn't come close enough for my focal range (400mm) but these crappy record shots will be a happy memory one day. I only had the briefest of visits before having to return to the city but It felt great to raise my binoculars for the first time in ages. Standing at a gate, looking at a distant bird, with other blokes - doesn't get any better.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Eastern Koel (juvenile)

Here's a juvenile Eastern Koel from our place in Bondi. He has spent the last three days begging from the same spot in the same tree. Its host appears to be a Red Wattlebird.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Lamington NP

Lamington National Park is off the bucket list. What a place! I caught up with a few lifers though didn't get shots of them all: Rufous Scrub-bird (2 seen, 4 heard), Albert's Lyrebird, Australian Logrunner, Paradise Riflebird, Russet-tailed Thrush and Wompoo Fruit-dove. Dipped: Marbled Frogmouth, Sooty Owl, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove and Pale Yellow-Robin will have to wait. Australian Logrunner: I've wanted to see this species for a long time. It did not disappoint. They are very confiding and present in all suitable habitat. The approach to the Treetop walk was the easiest place to see them.
Lamington Crayfish Euastacus sulcatus: This endemic to the area was a real unexpected bonus.
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
Wonga Pigeon
Brown Cuckoo-dove
Rufous Fantail
Eastern Yellow-robin
Superb Fairy-wren
Red-necked Pademelon
Red-? Pademelon
Common Ringtail Possums
Giant Panda Snail. About the size of a tennis ball. This was the only thing I managed to spotlight on my search for the Marbled Frogmouth.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Uncle Pete's (Raleigh, NSW)

Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Red-browed Finch
Tawny Grassbird
Tawny Grassbird

Monday, 1 December 2014

Seal Rocks, NSW

Scarlet Honeyeater
Dragon sp. (yet to be identified)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Sunrise from the Surfing Seal

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Eastern Koel

Eastern Koel (male)
Here's one from the kitchen window. The Koels arrive along much of the east coast in spring and call day and night. The testosterone among the males seems to be at its peak in Bondi at the moment. Two, usually inconspicuous, males where seen scrapping on the pavement yesterday in broad daylight - and some extreme male/female interaction today. Great times.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Freckled Ducks, Eastlakes

Two of Four Freckled Ducks present tonight. Black-winged Stilt Brown Quail Yellow-rumped Thornbill

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Werribee, Western Treatment Plant, VIC

Whiskered Tern
Cape Barren Goose
Golden-headed Cisticola
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Eurasian Skylark
Curlew Sandpiper
Banded Stilt and Red-necked Avocet
Why did the Yellow-billed Spoonbill cross the road?