elefromoz

Elefromoz, her Big Year, Take 2

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Lovely additions to your list - I particularly like the Little Wattlebird.

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Thanks @@Geoff for the gardening tips,

 

Yes @@xelas, must have run out of colourful name options.

 

Thanks@@TonyQ, Im taking a leaf from your book and doing what you did last year, and kind of concentrating on my "local Birds" a bit more. First off,how many i can count in Perth city. Secondly from Dunsborough which is 3hrs South and where we spend a quite a bit of time.

 

Just to finish off March, a couple of repeats, firstly from Dunsborough.

Rufous Whistler Male, I posted the Female last month. He and the Golden Whistler, #63, were a tree apart, both doing what Whistlers do, and singing like a pair of Choir boys, beautiful to hear.

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He's getting sick of me taking his photo, yes its me again.

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and the garden Militia

New Holland Honey Eater enjoying the Beaufortia nectar

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and my neighbours Birdbath

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and from Rottnest, Red Necked Avocet

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Red Necked Stints

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and the Academy award goes to... The Red Capped Plover. we were walking a sand track when he appeared, boldly in front of us, almost challenging us to approach. Suddenly he collapsed into the sand, flapped about and limped away, lop-sided, dragging his wings, stumbled sideways then collapsed again. I was quite fearful for his welfare til I remembered this is his way of drawing us away from his nest. Clever little Bird indeed.

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as soon as we passed, up he jumped and dashed off, satisfied.

 

And my sentimental favourite,

 

67. Carnaby Cockatoo, my Perth garden, 31st March. Parents and Grandparents tell stories of mega flocks of the Birds flying over and "blackening the sky". Nowadays the fight is on to try and save them as their numbers fall by the year, approx 10% give or take. Last years Birdlife WA Cocky count was down to approx 11, 000, sounds a lot but not.

Needless to say, I was pretty chuffed when a small flock of about 30 landed in my garden

 

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Male (pink eye ring)

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Female (grey eye ring)

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This month I have a trip 1700km North, hopefully I'll get lots of Tropical Birds and the Migratory Waders will still be in WA.

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April saw us flying North to Broome and Derby, both towns have huge tides, 10+meters whilst we were there. They also both have Mangrove, mudflat coastlines but Broome also has beautiful flat, blue beaches, but because of the Irukandji Jellyfish, swimming is prohibited this time of the year. It was stiflingly hot whilst we were there, temperatures into the high 30's with intense humidity that saw you being able to stand in the sun for about 5 minutes before requiring a change of clothes. The heat, Tide times combined with "doing the clutch" on the 4WD conspired against us a bit, but nevertheless I saw a lot of new Birds (easy when you've only been looking for a couple of years).

 

All the following photos are from the Broome-Derby area 20 - 28th April 2017

 

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69. Red Winged Parrot

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70. Little Friarbird

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71. Yellow White Eye

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72. Peaceful Dove

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73. Bar Shouldered Dove

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74. Diamond Dove

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75. Eastern Reef Heron

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76. Blue Winged Kookaburra

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77. White Gaped HoneyEater

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78. Greater Sand Plover

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79. Pied Butcherbird, he was our wake-up call each morning at dawn

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80. Yellow Throated Miner

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81. White Breasted Woodswallow

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82. Grey Crowned Babbler

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83. Yellow Tinted Honeyeater

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84. Masked Lapwing

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85. Black Faced Woodswallow

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86. Gull Billed Tern

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87. Paperbark Flycatcher

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88. Black Fronted Dotterill and chick

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89. Brolga, these were on my wish list, our only sighting as it turned out

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90. Red Headed Honeyeater, a favourite constantly chasing each other through the Mangroves

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91. Brahminy Kite

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92. White Bellied Sea Eagle (juv)

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and Adult

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93. Nankeen Kestrel, on a well used perch over-looking the race-course, good for mice I guess

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94. Black Kite,always there riding the thermals, sometimes in their dozens, haven't seen so many since India

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Thats it for my Northern Birds for this year.

 

95. Elegant Parrot, Ambergate Reserve, Busselton 13/5/17

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96. Brown Falcon, A/A

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97. Spent a lovely few hours on Mothers Day in wild weather on Dunsboroughs coast watching, and trying to photograph,

Australasian Gannets (juv). The wind was ferocious, intermittent showers, they were so fast, twisting and diving. Exhausting, needed Coffee and Chocolate Cake for afternoon-tea to recover.

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and Adult

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and a few repeats, Female Splendid Wren, Dunsborough 14/5/17

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and Male, "non-breeding" plumage (fancy me using such clever new terms :) )

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and one from the end of my street, Alfred Cove, Eastern Osprey

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