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?

Friday, 17 October 2014

North Norfolk 2014 - 2 GREATS and 2 YBWS

On Tuesday 14th I had the best afternoon birding that I've ever had. I knew the condition were good and the reports from the previous day were showing good birds. I'd already decided I was going to my favourite spot - Burnham Overy Dunes. The birders I passed on the way out to the dunes were mentioning Raddes Warbler and Great Grey Shrike so my already quick pace turned into speed walking. There were good numbers of birds on the dunes and it was obvious there had been a fall. It's no exaggeration to say there was almost a bird to every bush between Gun Hill and the edge of Holkham Pines. The two most numerous species were robins and goldcrests. Experienced local birders were saying they'd never so many goldcrests. It took me ages to get to Holkham pines, literally not being able to put my binoculars down with so many birds to inspect. When I eventually got there I got the Yellow Browed Warbler I had so craved, giving good close views whilst busily feeding. I made my way back towards Gun Hill (pic of brick ruin) picking out Wheatear, Bramblings, Redwings, Song thrushes among the robins. I gave the Gun Hill area a good scanning - goldcrest, goldcrest, goldcrest... and with light fading I started to make my way home when I had another YBW giving great views. Bonus! But there was more to come. Scanning for Marsh harriers from the coastal path I got a Great White Egret in the fields. I was feeling invincible so carried on scanning on my walk back to the car. And, as if I could sense it was going to happen, there it was,  a Great Grey Shrike sitting on top of a bush sticking out like a sore thumb. It was distant but luckily on an accessable lane off the main path. I got to a safe distance and had great views of it til it was dark.